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Ireland earn late point against Germany

Robbie Keane scored a late equaliser against Germany to earn Ireland their second point of the tournament. His injury time strike cancelled out Miroslav Klose's earlier goal, his fourth header of the World Cup.

The Republic of Ireland have now got a strong chance of making the second round of the tournament, while Germany can only look back on two points dropped.

Ireland deserved their draw, after a typical display of team spirit and effort. Damian Duff again impressed throughout with weaving, tireless runs and came within inches of scoring himself, only to be denied by Kahn.

In the second half, only Jancker had a chance for the Germans, but pulled his lob wide of Given's post.


Oliver Kahn, Thomas Linke, Carsten Ramelow, Christoph Metzelder, Torsten Frings, Dietmar Hamann, Michael Ballack, Bernd Schneider (Jens Jeremies 90), Christian Ziege, Carsten Jancker (Oliver Bierhoff 75), Miroslav Klose (Marco Bode 85)

Republic of Ireland

Shay Given, Steve Finnan, Gary Breen, Steve Staunton (Kenny Cunningham 87), Ian Harte (Steven Reid 73), Gary Kelly (Niall Quinn 73), Matt Holland, Mark Kinsella, Kevin Kilbane, Robbie Keane, Damian Duff

5th June 2002

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