John O’Shea admits Germany 6-1 defeat was a ‘massive humiliation’
Germany were strong favourites to win at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night, although few expected the visitors to enjoy an emphatic victory by a 6-1 scoreline that left the home players and supporters stunned.
October 13th, 2012
Marco Reus scored two first-half goals for the Germans, with Mesut Ozil and Miroslav Klose also finding the scoresheet before Toni Kroos chipped in with a brace of his own. Andy Keogh’s late goal from a corner didn’t detract from what had been a huge defeat.
Captain John O’Shea pulled no punches after the match and admitted it had been men against boys, with Germany outclassing their opponents from beginning to end.
“It’s a massive humiliation at home,” said O’Shea. “We gave them a helping hand with lots of the goals. There’s a way to lose … and that wasn’t a way to lose a game.”
Giovanni Trapattoni laughed off any suggestion that he was under fire after this defeat and claimed that the key was conceding the first goal which saw the Republic lose their way.
“We played 30 minutes with good balance. After their first goal they became superior in strength and technically. We were unable to contain them in midfield,” said Trapattoni, who blamed his side’s injuries for the result.