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Irish hold Germans with late goal

Robbie Keane scored an equaliser deep into injury time to keep Ireland's World Cup hopes still alive.
Keane finish - Images from the match

Germany blank Saudi Arabia 8-0

Germany recorded their biggest ever World Cup win with their eight-goal haul in the match against the Gulf nation.
German goal-glut - Images from the match

Germany didn't inspire confidence in the qualifiers, having sneaked into Cup finals though the back door.

Rudi Voller, perhaps Germany's best striker ever, coaches a side which alternates between exciting and pedestrian in its play.

Germany has young, exciting prospects leading its charge. Ballack, Deisler and Hamann hold the key to the march in Korea and Japan. If the midfield cranks up and creates openings, Klose and Neuville are capable of delivering the goods upfront. These talents are complemented by the proven experience of Bierhoff and the ever dependable, Kahn in the goal.

The draw has been charitable to Germany. Cameroon has always been a dangerous customer in the World Cup. While Ireland can be dodgy, Saudi Arabia should offer token resistance.

But given the bumpy fashion with which Germany qualified for the Cup, the side will have to play to its potential to qualify and advance at least till the quarters, a feat Germany has achieved in their last four campaigns.

Winners in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

Jorg Butt, Oliver Kahn.

Jens Lehmann, Sebastian Kehl, Thomas Linke, Christoph Metzelder, Marko Rehmer, Christian Worns, Christian Ziege.

Michael Ballack, Sebastian Deisler, Torsten Frings, Dietmar Hamann, Jens Jeremies, Carsten Ramelow, Bernd Schneider.

Gerald Asamoah, Oliver Bierhoff, Marco Bode, Carsten Jancker, Miroslav Klose, Oliver Neuville.

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Qualifying campaign
W 2-0 Greece (h)
W 1-0 England (a)
W 2-1 Albania (h)
W 4-2 Greece (a)
D 2-2 Finland (a)
W 2-0 Albania (a)
L 1-5 England (h)
D 0-0 Finland (h)

D 1-1 Ukraine (a)
W 4-1 Ukraine (h)

June 21, 2002

  • Ballack heads Germany into semis
  • Brazil and Germany restore order

  • June 20, 2002
  • Mixed memories for Germany

  • June 19, 2002
  • Germany stage remarkable comeback
  • U.S. set to face hostile local crowd
  • Klose to dedicate next goal to Walter

    June 18, 2002
  • Voeller loses cool over criticism

    June 15, 2002
  • Beautiful goal beat Paraguay: Maldini

  • Oliver Neuville repays Voeller's faith

  • Germany strike late to make last 8

  • June 14, 2002
  • Klose is no one-hit wonder, says coach Voeller

  • June 12, 2002
  • FIFA blue over red, yellow card show

  • June 7, 2002
  • Germany undeterred by Klose injury

  • June 5, 2002
  • Irish hold Germans with late goal

  • June 4, 2002
  • Record-breaking Germany ready for Ireland

  • June 1, 2002
  • Germany blank Saudi Arabia 8-0

  • May 31, 2002
  • Germany face Saudi challenge

  • May 26, 2002
  • Germany's coach Voeller thinking big

  • May 21, 2002
  • Ballack carries Germany's hopes

  • May 11, 2002
  • France to focus on minds, Germans on knee as World Cup nears

  • May 6, 2002
  • Deisler makes Germany's World Cup squad

  • April 18, 2002
  • Argentina beat Germany, Brazil, France draw

  • April 16, 2002
  • Germany face real test against old rivals Argentina

  • Febuary 8, 2002
  • Twin World Cup challenge for Germany

  • December 3, 2002
  • Germans relieved after World Cup draw

  • December 1, 2001
  • 1 - France, Senegal to kick off 2002 World Cup


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