The Republic of Ireland suffered their heaviest defeat in living memory against the impressive German side managed by Joachim Low in a match that has put serious doubt on the long term future of Irish manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Germany's Marco Reus got the ball rolling for his side with an opening brace in the first half that gave the away side a 2-0 half time lead. Things didn't improve for the Irish side when the second half got under way with goals from Mesut Ozil, Lazio marksman Miroslav Klose, and a brace from Toni Kroos creating an eerie silence in the Aviva Stadium that was briefly interrupted when substitute Andy Keogh found the net.
The result of the Republic of Ireland's next match against the Faroe Islands will prove crucial in deciding whether the Republic have any chance of qualifying from a group that looks likely to be won by the Germans.
Irish substitute Robbie Brady in action against the Germans
Republic of Ireland: Westwood; Coleman, O'Shea, O'Dea, Ward; Andrews, Fahey (Long 51), McCarthy; McGeady (Keogh 69), Walters, Cox (Brady 83).
Germany: Neuer; Boateng, Mertesacker, Badstuber, Schmelzer; Muller, Schweinsteiger, Khedira (Kroos 46), Ozil, Reus (Podolski 66); Klose (Schurrie 72).
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy).