Ireland's Euro 2022 hopes end with defeat to Germany

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Ireland's Ruesha Littlejohn dejected after the game. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho
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Republic of Ireland 1 - 3 Germany

The Republic of Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the Women’s European Championship in 2022 are over after they were beaten 3-1 at home by Germany in their final Group I match.

Vera Pauw’s Ireland slipped from second to a third-placed finish following the defeat at Tallaght Stadium, being replaced by Ukraine, who won 2-1 at home against Montenegro.

Germany, already confirmed as group winners, took the lead in the 21st minute via a Lina Magull penalty after Katie McCabe fouled Svenja Huth, and Tabea Wassmuth doubled the advantage eight minutes later.

Republic of Ireland players react after the final whistle. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The hosts pulled a goal back just before half-time when Marina Hegering brought down Denise O’Sullivan and skipper McCabe converted the resulting spot-kick, but they could not add to that and Wassmuth notched her second with five minutes of normal time to go.

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The Ukraine win meant Pauw’s side would have needed to beat Germany to have retained second spot.

As well as group winners, the three runners-up with the best records also qualify for the finals in England, while the remainder of the second-placed teams go into the play-offs next year.

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