Schurrle: ‘Long-ball’ Ireland didn’t deserve win

Ian Watson
Cyrus Christie Andre Schurrle Republic of Ireland v Germany Football365

Andre Schurrle says Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifying win over Germany was ‘not well deserved’.

The World Cup winners were beaten in Dublin on Thursday after Shane Long pounced on Darren Randolph’s long clearance before lashing the ball past Manuel Neuer.

The result leaves qualification from Group D up for grabs ahead of the final round of matches, with the Germans, Ireland and Poland all capable of securing a place in the finals in France next summer.

Schurrle, who came off the bench in the first half for Germany, feels the hosts did not merit their victory, despite displaying their “passion”.

“I don’t think it’s well deserved,” Schurrle told “Because we had the chances, before we could score but you have to say Ireland had a lot of passion and a lot of heart.

“It’s difficult. I think we had the chances and Ireland of course, played their game like they wanted – deep with nine players and waiting for long balls and second balls. One got through and they won.”

The former Chelsea striker denied that Germany had taken the Irish lightly.

“No, not a bit,” the Wolfsburg forward insisted. “You saw it from the beginning. We were very concentrated and had a good focus and good possession of the ball.

“We knew what kind of game it was going to be here so it’s a little bit disappointing that we didn’t win.”