Germany out to claim Brazil berth against Ireland

Loew has said he expects a tough match against the Irish, who he described as "defensively strong", and does not expect a repeat of Germany's 6-1 romp in Dublin during last year's qualifier.

updated: October 09, 2013 21:53 IST
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Berlin: Germany coach Joachim Loew has said he is eager to dispatch the Republic of Ireland and confirm the German's Brazil 2014 berth in Friday's World Cup qualifier in Cologne.

Loew's Germany are five points clear at the top of Group A and need just a point to confirm their World Cup place against Ireland, who are fourth in the group under caretaker manager Noel King after Giovanni Trapattoni's resignation last month.

"Our goal is to secure qualification on home soil, we have had good memories of playing in Cologne, it's a tight stadium full of passionate fans and we want to make sure of the win," said Loew in Wednesday's press conference.

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