Germany too strong for Sue Ronan’s Ireland
Ireland finish World Cup qualifiers in third as Russia secure second place with win in Croatia
Ruesha Littlejohn of Ireland holds off Melanie Behringer of Germany at Voith-Arena in Heidenheim, Germany. Photograph: Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images
Germany 2 Rep of Ireland 0
Spoiling the German parade before over 7,000 supporters in Heidenheim proved a bridge too far for the Republic of Ireland women this evening.
A brace of goals in six first-half minutes undid them in their concluding World Cup qualifier and ended slim hopes of snatching a play-of place ahead of Russia, who confirmed second place in Group One with a 3-1 win in Croatia.
Ireland finished third.
German stalwart Mittag then put the tie beyond Sue Ronan’s side by rocketing a volley into the roof of Byrne’s net.
But Ireland concluded the tie confirming their status as the nation that pushed the Germans closest in the two meetings over their perfect 10-game qualification record.