Oct 13, 2016

    Germany impossible to contain, says O'Neill


    NORTHERN Ireland manager Michael O'Neill says a rampant Germany are almost impossible to stop after the world champions' dominant 2-0 win in a World Cup qualifier.

    The Germans made it three wins from three qualifiers for the 2018 finals in Russia with first-half goals by Julian Draxler and Sami Khedira sealing the routine win in Hanover on Tuesday.

    Germany are yet to even concede a goal in their qualifiers for Russia 2018 and look in ominous form.

    "We came here with a plan to try and nullify a fantastic team with fantastic players, which is only good if you can keep them to zero," said O'Neill, whose side have four points from three games and face an uphill battle to get to the World Cup.

    "But I'm not sure there is a system which can contain Germany at this moment in time.

    "It's not just the tactical side of it, it's the enormous quality and athleticism of their players."

    Germany coach Joachim Loew revealed he told his side they needed to be "ruthless" and qualify for Russia as quickly as possible.

    "This was a fairly effortless victory, I have to admit," he said.

    Captain Manuel Neuer said, however, that there is room for improvement.

    "We know from the last European championships that anything can happen and we still have dangerous games ahead of us," he warned.