Donegal striker hoping to upset the Germans

Massive game will be shown live on RTE television

Donegal striker hoping to upset the Germans

Amber Barrett will be hoping to be on target

Donegal’s Amber Barrett, who plays her club football with FC Koln (Cologne) in Germany, will be hoping to play her part when the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team play Germany in the first of three remaining UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 qualifiers today.

Kick-off in the Stadion Essen is 1.00 pm Irish time and the game is live on RTE Two.

Following an unbeaten run of five games, Vera Pauw’s team now face their toughest challenge yet in a Germany team who have scored 31 goals in their four games. You can see her thoughts on the game HERE

Ireland will know what to expect from the eight-times European champions, who they will host again at home in December after visiting Ukraine next month.

The nine group winners and the three best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) qualify directly for the final tournament, while the remaining six runners-up advance to the play-offs.

TEAM NEWS

There are no injury concerns for the Republic of Ireland with a full squad to pick from.


Midfielder Megan Connolly comes into contention after missing the last three games, while Heather Payne and Leanne Kiernan were forced out of the last camp in March due to injury.

SQUAD LISTS

Germany

Goalkeepers: Merle Frohms (Eintracht Frankfurt), Laura Benkarth (Bayern Munich), Ann-Katrin Berger (Chelsea)

Defenders: Kathrin Hendrich (Wolfsburg), Leonie Maier (Arsenal), Marina Hegering (Bayern Munich), Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg), Giulia Gwinn (Bayern Munich), Felicitas Rauch (Wolfsburg), Sophia Kleinherne (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Midfielders: Svenja Huth (Wolfsburg), Dzenifer Marozsan (Lyon), Sara Dabritz (Paris Saint-Germain), Melanie Leupolz (Chelsea), Lina Magull (Bayern Munich), Sydney Lohmann (Bayern Munich), Lena Lattwein (Hoffenheim), Paulina Krumbiegel (Hoffenheim)

Forwards: Lea Schuller (Bayern Munich), Alexandra Popp (Wolfsburg), Laura Freigang (Eintracht Frankfurt), Sandra Starke (Freiburg), Tabea Wabmuth (Hoffenheim)

 

Republic of Ireland

Goalkeepers: Marie Hourihan (SC Braga), Courtney Brosnan (West Ham United), Niamh Reid-Burke (Peamount United)

Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Louise Quinn (Fiorentina), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Claire O'Riordan (MSV Duisburg), Aine O'Gorman (Peamount United)

Midfielders: Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Jamie Finn (Shelbourne), Denise O'Sullivan (Brighton & Hove Albion), Alli Murphy (London City Lionesses), Niamh Farrelly (Peamount United), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Hayley Nolan (London City Lionesses), Ruesha Littlejohn (Leicester City), Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths)

Forwards: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Heather Payne (Florida State University), Leanne Kiernan (West Ham United), Amber Barrett (FC Koln), Rianna Jarrett (Brighton & Hove Albion), Kyra Carusa (HB Hoge)

CAPS LIST

Republic of Ireland

Goalkeepers: Marie Hourihan (23 caps / 10 clean sheets), Courtney Brosnan (1 cap / 1 clean sheet), Niamh Reid-Burke (5 caps / 0 clean sheets)

Defenders: Harriet Scott (20 caps / 0 goals), Louise Quinn (79 caps / 11 goals), Diane Caldwell (76 caps / 3 goals), Claire O'Riordan (15 caps / 0 goals), Aine O'Gorman (102 caps / 13 goals)

Midfielders: Niamh Fahey (90 caps / 0 goals), Jamie Finn (1 cap / 0 goals), Denise O'Sullivan (77 caps / 11 goals), Alli Murphy (0 caps / 0 goals), Niamh Farrelly (2 caps / 0 goals), Megan Connolly (23 caps / 1 goal), Hayley Nolan (0 caps / 0 goals), Ruesha Littlejohn (56 caps / 6 goals), Ellen Molloy (0 caps / 0 goals)

Forwards: Katie McCabe (45 caps / 9 goals), Heather Payne (11 caps / 0 goals), Leanne Kiernan (19 caps / 4 goals), Amber Barrett (18 caps / 2 goals), Rianna Jarrett (10 caps / 1 goal), Kyra Carusa (1 cap / 0 goals) 

STATS

5 games played

10 goals scored

3 clean sheets

77 attempts on goal

22 attempts on target

21 attempts blocked

31 corners won

Goals

3 – Katie McCabe

2 – Diane Caldwell

1 – Amber Barrett, Rianna Jarrett, Denise O’Sullivan, Tyler Toland, Shmatko OG

Assists

2 – Rianna Jarrett, Louise Quinn

1 – Amber Barrett, Katie McCabe, Denise O’Sullivan

Clean Sheets

2 – Marie Hourihan

1 – Courtney Brosnan

Yellow Cards

1 – Diane Caldwell, Jamie Finn, Katie McCabe, Julie-Ann Russell

RESULTS

August 31, 2019: Germany 10-0 Montenegro

September 3, 2019: Republic of Ireland 2-0 Montenegro

September 3, 2019: Ukraine 0-8 Germany

October 5, 2019: Germany 8-0 Ukraine

October 8, 2019: Republic of Ireland 3-2 Ukraine

October 8, 2019: Greece 0-5 Germany

November 6, 2019: Montenegro 0-4 Greece

November 12, 2019: Greece 1-1 Republic of Ireland

March 5, 2020: Republic of Ireland 1-0 Greece

March 11, 2020: Montenegro 0-3 Republic of Ireland

FIXTURES

September 18, 2020: Montenegro v Ukraine

September 19, 2020: Germany v Republic of Ireland

September 22, 2020: Montenegro v Germany

September 22, 2020: Ukraine v Greece

October 21, 2020: Greece v Montenegro

October 22, 2020: Ukraine v Republic of Ireland

October 26, 2020: Greece v Ukraine

November 26, 2020: Germany v Greece

November 30, 2020: Ukraine v Montenegro

December 1, 2020: Republic of Ireland v Germany


PREVIOUS MEETINGS

September 17, 2014: Germany 2-0 Republic of Ireland

April 5, 2014: Republic of Ireland 2-3 Germany

August 26, 2006: Republic of Ireland 0-3 Germany

May 10, 2006: Germany 1-0 Republic of Ireland


Germany have won the UEFA Women’s European Championships eight times (1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)

Germany sit second in the FIFA Women’s Rankings, while the Republic of Ireland are currently 31st

Germany have only lost once in their last 24 matches, which was the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden

Three members of the Ireland squad play their club football in Germany – Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Claire O’Riordan (MSV Duisburg), and Amber Barrett (FC Koln)

Midfielders Alli Murphy and Ellen Molloy are included in the squad following first senior call-ups

MATCH DETAILS

Germany v Republic of Ireland

Saturday, March 19

UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Qualifier – Group I

Stadion Essen

Kick-Off: 13:00 (Irish Time)

Live on TV: RTE2

Referee: Monika Mularczyk (Poland)

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