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Saturday 3 December 2016

Germans eye Dublin win despite loss of Podolski

Lukas Podolski
Lukas Podolski

GERMANY plan to add Dublin to their list of conquests tomorrow and make sure of top spot in their group for European Championship qualification.

With just two training sessions under their belts, the Germans arrive in Dublin today, a run-out at the stadium on Lansdowne Road scheduled for this evening.

What was not planned was the absence of Lukas Podolski, but the veteran attacker, who has scored once in his four previous games against Ireland, is likely to miss the game tomorrow due to an ankle injury.

His absence will not concern boss Joachim Low that much, Jogi able to call on players like Marco Reus, Mario Goetze and Andre Schuerrle to fill in, as Germany greedily eye up a win in Dublin.

A point will be enough for Germany, who also have a doubt over Karim Bellarabi, but Borussia Dortmund man Ilkay Gündogan wants a Dublin victory to add to another win away to a Celtic nation.

"We've already won in Scotland, so our intention is to win in Dublin too. We want to cement our qualification for the European Championship," he said. "The atmosphere in the stadium will be great."

Compatriot Thomas Muller tormented Gündogan when their clubs met last weekend and Gündogan knows Ireland will struggle to cope with the Bayern Munich star. "Opponents never know what he's going to do next, which makes him very difficult for defenders to deal with. He makes intelligent runs and there's a good reason why he gets so much praise," he said.

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