Watch Republic of Ireland vs. Germany live stream free when the UEFA Euro qualifiers group stage match kicks off Thursday, October 8, 2015, from Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Germany suffered a big setback ahead of its match against the Republic of Ireland and will not have the services of striker Lukas Podolski, who is expected to miss the games against Ireland and Georgia. Sky Sports reports Podolski traveled to Frankfurt with a swollen ankle and was diagnosed with “a painful capsule irritation of the left upper ankle joint.”
The German Football Federation announced the 30-year-old Galatassaray forward would return to Turkey for more treatment. Germany only needs one point from their last two Group D matches to qualify for the UEFA Euro finals in France next summer.
Tune in Republic of Ireland vs. Germany live stream free and find out if Irish head coach Martin O’Neill’s side qualifies for UEFA Euro 2016. But before O’Neill can celebrate Germany’s defeat, his men have to deal with the absence of Seamus Coleman, who was added to the list of missing players for the clash against the German team, Ireland will also be without the services of Glenn Whelan and James McClean, who are both serving suspensions.
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However, Republic of Ireland will see the return of Wes Hoolahan and Cyrus Christie, who have recovered from injuries to be available for the Germany match,
O’Neill discussed his team’s prospects in the press conference on Thursday.
“Training has been very good – short and sharp – and the players are in good form. Wes trained and he was fine. If he was limping then he unbelievably left that behind and he was fine. He’ll be ready. Cyrus is obviously keen to play too and he’s fine. The physios have done a little bit of work with him, and he feels a bit freer.”
Irish football fans will watch Republic of Ireland vs. Germany live stream free to see whether O’Neill’s men can steal the win against 2014 World Cup champions Germany and advance to the finals in France. Ireland also could be eliminated or qualify for a playoff round.
O’Neill recognizes the caliber of the team his squad will face at Aviva Stadium, according to Guardian.
“They are world champions and have a squad full of players who are regulars in the Champions League and have experience of going away from home and dealing with any situation. And they’re improving. But does it mean we give up? Absolutely not. We have a challenge on our hands but we have the desire to rise to it. We have great fighting spirit and real self-belief and several players with real quality.”
When they watch Republic of Ireland vs. Germany live stream free, Irish fans will surely be thinking of the disastrous pummeling their team suffered in 2012 at the hands of Germany. The last time Germany visited Aviva Stadium in Dublin, they crushed Ireland 6-1 in a game millions of Republic of Ireland supporters still remember and would rather forget. Only James McCarthy, John O’Shea, and Jon Walters will be on the pitch from that dark day.
Despite an impressive pedigree, Germany started the UEFA Euro qualifiers slowly. However, they have recovered and are still the leaders of Group D. Head coach Joachim Löw has made sure his men bounced back from their shaky start.
Löw knows the match against the Republic of Ireland won’t be a walk in the park, and he said Ireland is a physically strong team. In their last encounter against Scotland, Germany had to fight hard to prevail 3-2, and Löw believes Ireland is a tougher rival.
“Ireland are famous for defending very well, strongly, and physically, and if you look at past encounters with them you don’t always get a 6-1, on many occasions it’s been a match of attrition.” the German coach said.
Watch Republic of Ireland vs. Germany live stream free HERE. Kick-off is at 2:45 p.m. ET.
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