Loew left fuming by 'sloppy' Germany

Loew left fuming by 'sloppy' Germany

Loew left fuming by 'sloppy' Germany

"We played decent football at times in the first half, but then we just stopped clicking".

Yet Austria was a much tougher proposition in the second period, with Martin Hinteregger and Alessandro Schopf scoring fine goals to seal a memorable triumph over their neighbours and stretch their winning streak to an impressive seven games.

Germany have said Neuer will start in Russian Federation if he makes the team, and Low suggested that was looking like a good possibility.

Loew last coached at club level in 2004, when he was at Austrian Vienna, and under his stewardship Germany has reached at least the semi-finals of every global tournament since the 2006 World Cup.

Heavy rain forced a delay to kick-off for nearly two hours, but it took Mesut Ozil only 11 minutes to break the deadlock when he capitalised on a mistake by Austria goalkeeper Jorg Siebenhandl.

Kick off was delayed by almost 100 minutes due to heavy rain, meaning Germany captain Manuel Neuer had to wait even longer to make his long-awaited return to the pitch.

"The defeat is annoying, we did well in the first half, but we lost a lot of ball in the second half and made life hard for ourselves".

The match was delayed for over an hour due to inclement weather at the stadium.

Germany's Mesut Ozil, left, vies for the ball with Austria's David Alaba during a friendly soccer match between Austria and Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria, Saturday, June 2, 2018.

With momentum going Austria's way, the hosts continued to press their opponents, who began making sloppy, panicky mistakes at the back.

Ozil snapped up a poorly timed clearance kick from Joerg Siebenhandl and curled his shot back around the Austria goalkeeper to claim his 23rd goal in his 90th global.

Germany really should have doubled the advantage 10 minutes later, but Julian Brandt's low effort after a flowing move was diverted agonisingly past the far post by the legs of Siebenhandl.

Marco Reus was also full of praise for Neuer's performance, but would not be drawn on whether he thinks the 32-year-old will be Joachim Low's number one for the World Cup.

Germany's goalkeeper was in action less than 60 seconds later to superbly deny West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic.

Stefan Lainer tapped back into the area and the German defence failed to shut down Schoepf, who fired past Neuer to the delight of the home crowd.

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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