Marco Reus (l.) got the party started for Germany with two first-half strikes, the first a fine finish in off the bar...
...the second a searing left-foot strike which left Irish keeper Kieran Westwood with no chance. Germany's Player of
Manuel Neuer had a quiet first half but had to be alert five minutes into the second when Simon Cox tested the Bayern Munich goalkeeper from close range. Also saved well from Andrew Keogh in the dying minutes, though the Millwall striker eventually got the better of him with a stoppage-time header
Jerome Boateng (r.) showed excellent vision to pick out Reus for goal two. Usually at centre-back for Bayern Munich, he shone in place of suspended captain Philipp Lahm on the right
Marcel Schmelzer was under pressure to perform after struggling in the previous qualifier against Austria, but the Dortmund left-back responded superbly against the Irish, setting up Reus' opener
Bastian Schweinsteiger was at the heart all things positive for Germany, initiating the opener with a searching ball to find Schmelzer and later playing through Miroslav Klose for number four
Toni Kroos came on as holding midfielder at half-time and beautifully volleyed in Germany's fifth with his weaker left foot - his first goal in a competitive international. Six minutes before the end he added another special strike from long range