Germany crash to Austria on Neuer's comeback

International Friendly Report: Austria v Germany 02 June 2018

"He had two, three excellent saves", Loew said about Neuer, who played his 75th global game but first since October 2016.

"Concerning Manuel Neuer, yes, I think it was a very satisfying comeback", said Low.

"I am not upset about the loss, not upset about losing the game, I am upset about the way we lost it", said Low.

"We didn't put into practice what we had planned".

Germany still dominated the first half, and took the lead after 11 minutes when Mesut Ozil picked up a failed clearance by Joerg Siebenhandl and scored with a curling shot past the Austria goalkeeper. "In the first half we were too passive but in the second half we did much better", Schoepf said.

Loew's crowning moment was in holding aloft the 2014 World Cup trophy in Rio de Janeiro.

And the game was turned on its head when Alessandro Schopf drilled home Stefan Lainer's clever cut-back in the 69th-minute.

"We gave the opponent a lot of space and helped them with our mistakes".

Loew has said he will only take Neuer to Russian Federation as his first-choice 'keeper.




Loew left out World Cup winners Thomas Mueller, Toni Kroos, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, but the Germans only controlled the rain-delayed game for the first half an hour.

Despite missing 259 days with a fractured foot, Neuer looked sharp but Loew says he will see how his goalkeeper's problematic left foot reacts on Sunday.

It was Germany's fifth match without a win - their first such stretch since 1987-88 - and their first defeat to neighbors Austria for 32 years.

"It's always great to win, especially against Germany".

Austria's midfielder Alessandro Schoepf celebrates scoring with his team-mates defender Aleksandar Dragovic and defender Stefan Lainer during the worldwide friendly footbal match Austria v Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria, on June 2, 2018.

"But they have some quality players and are still one of the favourites for the title".

Four names must be cut before the final 23-man World Cup team is submitted to Federation Internationale de Football Association on Monday and Loew said decisions will only be made "late on Sunday night".

"I'll keep calm and let myself be surprised by whatever happens on Monday", said the ex-Bayern Munich striker.

Germany's lack of attacking power and inspiration will be of concern to Low, who has just one more friendly before the World Cup, against Saudi Arabia on Friday.

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