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Germany, Ireland First Teams to Play 2nd World Cup Match - 2002-06-05


Meeting Wednesday night in Ibaraki, Germany and Ireland have become the first teams to play their second matches at the 2002 World Cup. Ireland's last minute goal prevented Germany from becoming the first team to clinch a spot in the second round.

Following up his three goals in Germany's eight-nil thrashing of Saudi Arabia, Miroslav Klose got Germany off to a good start. He took a long ball from Michael Ballack and headed it into the net in the 19th minute. It was Klose's fourth goal of the tournament, making him the leading scorer so far at this year's Cup.

Both teams had a number of scoring opportunities after that, but Irish keeper Shay Given and Oliver Kahn in the German net were up to the challenge through regulation. But with injury time winding down, Ireland's Niall Quinn found Robbie Keane in front of the net. Keane tallied the equalizer with just seconds to spare, to snatch the victory from Germany and end play with a one-one draw.

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