Thursday, April 19, 2012

Republic of Ireland 4, Germany 3 - OT - 2012 QFinals

Ireland jumped out to an early lead in this one when Ryan McCallister scored an uncontested header in the second minute of the game. The Irish controlled the ball, moved faster and overall outplayed Germany in the first half, but it was still only 1-0 after 25 minutes.
In the first 10 minutes of the second half it was more domination for Ireland, despite the fact that Jordan Peto was playing out of his mind in net for Germany. McCallister managed another header goal that was similar to the first and then Leigh Mooney scored a beauty goal by running onto a perfectly weighted pass from Nathan Reis through the midfield.
It looked like this game was over until Ireland started doing some truly questionable defending. The first was with seven minutes left when Dwayne played back a weird bouncing pass to the Ireland keeper. Jonah couldn't immediately control it and David Patterson jumped in and tapped the ball into the back of the net. With three minutes left Germany's Taylor Haid scored a weird dribbling goal from 15 yards out that made it through everyone and found a corner. Haid had alread missed a sitter, but immediately after his goal he managed to hit a cracker crossbar. With 20 seconds remaining Germany pulled even on a long range shot that again somehow made it through everyone and found a corner. Thrilling way to tie it up for Germany.
Unfortunately, the euphoria was short-lived. Only two minutes into the first overtime Ireland was given a questionable free kick about 30 yards out. The ball was whipped into the box and Nathan Reis put home the header - the third of the game for Ireland.

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