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Ireland Vs Germany: Player Ratings

John O’Shea’s 93rd minute goal salvaged a 1-1 draw for Ireland in what will surely feel like a win for Martin O’Neill’s men. It was a night that will go down in the annals of Irish soccer; Garbhan Madigan rates the performances of the boys in green in Gelsenkirchen.

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David Forde

Forde could do nothing about the goal as the ball was always going away from him. Did everything else well with the exception of his out of the box mix up in the first half.

He was composed with the ball at his feet, which was frequent. A lot of shots were straight at him but he stayed big and kept Ireland in the game.

Rating – 7.5

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David Meyler

Meyler was a midfielder playing out of position but he was solid in defence at right full back in the absence of Seamus Coleman.

He has to recycle the ball more as he was a practitioner of hoofing it down the sideline, giving the ball back to the Germans, typical of older regimes.

Rating – 5

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John O’Shea

The Centurion ‘Sheasy’ showed his experience all night long and kept his unpracticed backline in check.

He has already become a social media darling for his 93rd minute heroics, stretching beyond the world class Mats Hummels on instinct alone to propel Ireland to an undeserved draw.

Rating – 8

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Marc Wilson

The out-of-position centre half was stable, if not extravagant. Wilson made good tackles in the penalty area and recovered instead of fouling Lukas Podolski when it would have been easy to do so. Another man who hoofed a lot of ball.

Rating – 6

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Stephen Ward

Battled through the ninety minutes despite a sore ligament injury. More danger floated down his wing but he coped admirably alongside the hard-working James McClean.

Rating – 5.5

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Jon Walters

Walters tried to work hard out on the wing but was largely anonymous, even in the air, which is usually his forte.

He struggled to hold onto the ball when he had it. He has had better days in the Irish jersey but will always be in Martin O’Neill’s plans due to his versatility.

Rating – 4

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Glen Whelan

The game changed when Ireland brought on players like Darren Gibson and Jeff Hendrick who tried to play the ball. Everything Glenn Whelan did went backwards. Now the Giovanni Trapattoni era is over we should look to those alternatives.

Rating – 3

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Stephen Quinn

Was horribly caught out for the Toni Kroos goal, backing off the German instead of rushing out to him to block his shot. Otherwise he was safe in possession and could alternatively play the Whelan role in the future.

Rating – 5

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James McClean

Worked his socks off and was the best Irish player not located in the defence over the ninety minutes. Defensively he covered Stephen Ward well all night as the Germans tended to focus on that flank.

While his crossing was often poor, he was the only one capable of taking on his man and giving Ireland a glimmer of hope.

Rating – 8

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Aiden McGeady

Really struggled playing centrally behind the front man, especially as neither he nor Robbie Keane are able to win ‘hoof it’ ball down the field.

Still largely anonymous when Martin O’Neill moved him to the wing as the substitutes led the comeback. It’s poor considering his confidence should have been sky high coming in off two great performances, albeit against minnows.

Rating – 5

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Robbie Keane

Robbie is 34 years of age and is 5’9. It beggars belief that we propel hoofed long ball up the field on a man who wouldn’t have won that ball at his premier league best against players with considerable height advantages like Mats Hummels.

It is a poor use of a great servant to sacrifice him like this. It is not his fault he was ineffective last night.

Rating – 4

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Substitutions

Jeff Hendrick

Within five minutes of coming onto the field he was already an upgrade on the dour Whelan. Hendrick showed an ability to hold onto the ball and attempt a one-two as well as playing with a bit of impetus. He did really well to reclaim the Wes Hoolahan ball for the 93rd minute miracle goal.

Rating – 6

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Darron Gibson

When he is back to match fitness he should reclaim his place in the side. The Everton midfielder showed flashes of improving the team using simple link-up play, which was missing prior to his introduction.

Rating – 5.5

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Wes Hoolahan

Some may call him wasteful but he still found opportunities no one had up to his introduction. Great defending cost him a goal after a McClean pull back. He put in the key ball for the equaliser but showed signs his confidence was shot. Still a better option behind the front man than the out-of-place McGeady.

Rating – 6

Garbhan Madigan, Pundit Arena.

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