Samir Carruthers sent off as Republic of Ireland Under 21s beaten 4-0 by Germany
Last Updated: September 9, 2013 10:21pm
Moritz Leitner celebrates his goal for Germany
Samir Carruthers' sending off capped a miserable evening for Republic of Ireland Under-21s as they lost 4-0 to Germany.
The MK Dons midfielder, on loan from Aston Villa, saw his match ended after two bookable offences in Sligo, where Moritz Leitner and Philipp Hofmann scored either side of a Kevin Volland brace.
It was a result that had looked likely from the start of the European Championship qualifier at the Showgrounds.
Noel King's side fell behind after just 12 minutes when Leitner's strike from the edge of the box beat goalkeeper Aaron McCarey.
Jonas Hofmann came close to extending the visitors' lead, before Sean Murray was denied by Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the other end.
Carruthers also came close with a volley, only for Germany to soon pull further ahead.
Volland nodded home in the 22nd minute to double their advantage, with the Hoffenheim striker heading home another two minutes later.
Connor Smith forced ter Stegen into a fine save as Ireland looked to reduce the deficit, but any chance of a comeback was dealt a major blow when Carruthers was given a second yellow card for a foul on Leonardo Bittencourt in the 61st minute.
Ireland's resilience was broken again with six minutes remaining through substitute Hofmann, although Shane Duffy, Smith and Graham Burke all had late efforts of note.
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Mon 9th Sep - Group Nine
Cyprus U210 - 2Italy U21
Belgium U211 - 0N Ireland U21
Mon 9th Sep - Group Four
Bosnia U210 - 2Austria U21
Spain U214 - 0Albania U21
Mon 9th Sep - Group One
Finland U211 - 1England U21
Mon 9th Sep - Group Three
Lux'bourg U210 - 1Holland U21
Slovakia U211 - 0Georgia U21
Mon 9th Sep - Group Five
Ukraine U210 - 2Croatia U21
Liec'stein U210 - 6Switzerland U21
Mon 9th Sep - Group Ten
Belarus U211 - 2France U21
Mon 9th Sep - Group Six
Rep Ire U210 - 4Germany U21
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