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Ireland end campaign with defeat

The Republic of Ireland under-21s wrapped up their European qualifiying campaign with a 2-0 loss to Germany.

Noel King's men end Group Six with eight points from eight games.

Germany's goals came in the second half, with Philipp and Jonas Hofmann scoring within three minutes of each other.

Philipp Hofmann actually had a legal goal disallowed for offside in the sixth minute, so it was justice done when the Kaiserslautern man opened the scoring two minutes after half-time.

Jonas Hoffman - on loan at Mainz from Borussia Dortmund - then edged Germany further ahead three minutes later.

There would be no Irish response and they finish fourth in their group of five, with Germany runaway leaders.

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