Northern Ireland are out of the World Cup. This was decided by their two goals?
Northern Ireland are out of the World Cup. This was decided by their two goals to one defeat by West Germany at the Olympic Stadium, west Berlin, May 10. Germany, with only their second match with Greece to play in their qualifying group, seem certain to play in the final rounds in Chile, 1962.
Both teams seemed off form. Only flashes of brilliant interception by Danny Blanchflower lifted the Irish team's performance above a level of mediocrity. Not until the West Germans had scored twice were they roused to show some of the traditional fighting Irish spirit.
The famed Uwe Seeler had a very quiet match through Irish centre-half Neill's constant monitoring. Nevertheless, he managed to elude him in the 26th minute when he raced on to a return pass from inside-right Herrmann, slid the ball back behind Ireland's retreating defence, and Kress - the outside-right - gave goalkeeper McClelland no chance with his first time shot. The process was repeated soon after the interval, this time Kress back to inside-left Sturmer, a quick flick forward, and outside-left Bruells flashed the ball into the net.
A goal in the 69th minute by McIlroy - playing at inside left - rallied the visitors. Within seconds, McParland - outside left - centred the ball and West German goalkeeper Tilkowski, at full length, only just managed to turn centre-forward McAdams' - stinging shot round the foot of the post. A second goal then might have done the trick, but it was not to be. The final whistle went with the final score at two-one.
West Germany:- Tilkowski (Goalkeeper); Erhardt; Schnellinger; Werner; Wilden; Szymaniak; Kress; Herrmann; Seeler; Sturmer; and Bruells.
Northern Ireland:- McClelland (Goalkeeper); Keith; Elder; Blanchflower; Neill; Peacock; Bingham; Cush; McAdams; McIlroy; and McParland.