Disappointed Ireland conceded two late goals as Olympic champions Germany won in Sunday night’s Pool B game 2-0 at the EuroHockey Championships in London.
Talented Lukas Windfeder struck the first goal midway through the final quarter from a disputed penalty corner.
It was a great strike for the team ranked third in the world.
Then came a fine individual score from Florian Fuchs whose superb finish earned him the man of the match award.
Fuchs showing great close control and technique to score against a tiring Ireland side.
Ireland can still make the semi-finals by avoiding defeat against Belgium.
That final pool fixture takes place on Tuesday and Ireland will be hoping that that can get the right result against Belgium and progress to the semi-finals, but they will have to be on top form to make it through .
The nations are tied on three points but a draw against the Belgians would be good enough for the Irish on goal difference.
Victory in this tournament would ensure Craig Fulton’s team a place at next year’s Olympics.
But they have other possible routes to Rio if they fail to get the job done in London this week - but the sooner qualifiction is secured the better.