The Republic of Ireland Thursday night secured a shock 1-0 win over Germany in their Euro 2016 Group D qualifier at the Aviva Stadium to put them within one game of automatic qualification for next year’s finals in France.
While Germany expectedly the dominant side with the greater of the possession it was the gritty hosts who had the last smile courtesy of a lone strike in the second half from Shane Long.
Ireland went on to take the lead in the 71st minute when Randolph’s long goal kick was met by Shane Long and hammered into the top corner past Manuel Neuer.
Attempts by the reigning world champions to get at least a point all proved futile even as Germany defender Mats Hummels has offered to take the blame for the solitary goal conceded .
Joachim Low’s side missed the chance to win Group D and guarantee themselves a place in Euro 2016 when the Southampton striker pounced on a moment of indecision from the Borussia Dortmund man on 70 minutes to snatch a shock home win.
“Something happened that can happen against these teams,” Hummels told RTL.
“We had a lot of the ball and created several chances. We did not allow them many chances, but the one big chance they had, they converted.
“It is a long ball and I was too slow there. Maybe one, two steps. I am not the only one, but I take that as my fault.”
The world champions sit top of the group, one point clear of Poland and Ireland in second and third ahead of their final qualifier at home to fifth-placed Georgia on Sunday.
One point will be enough to see Low and his side qualify automatically.