World Cup: Joachim Loew lauds Germany’s spirit after 2-1 win vs Sweden

first_imgGermany coach Joachim Loew was satisfied with his side’s come from behind victory over Sweden at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Sochi on Saturday.Loew said it was calm thinking and patience that led the defending champions to a heart-stopping victory in a do-or-die clash.The world champions went a goal down after 32 minutes and although Marco Reus equalised three minutes into the second half their hopes of retaining the title were hanging by a thread until Toni Kroos popped up in the fifth minute of stoppage time to score a sensational winner.Loew said he knew Germany would find it hard to break down the Swedish defence but told his players at halftime to keep playing their usual brand of precision football.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE”I told them to keep their calm in the next 45 minutes and to not start panicking and try to work long, high balls but to continue with short passes and go vertical to the wings and try to be incisive,” Loew told reporters.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”Something that I did appreciate was that we didn’t lose our nerve, we didn’t panic after going down. We kept a level head, we said we needed to keep passing and tire the Swedes out and open up spaces. And in the second half the pressure built up more and more,” he added.Germany repeat history after 20 years to escape early exit”We missed a couple of good chances but I appreciated the spirit of the team, we never lost hope of winning the match. The goal in stoppage time, there was bit of luck involved but it was also about believing in ourselves and powering on.”advertisementLoew, who led the Germans to glory in Brazil four years ago, paid particular tribute to Kroos, the midfielder whose mistake led to Sweden’s goal from Ola Toivonen.10-man Germany beat Sweden 2-1 to keep campaign aliveKroos kept plugging away and his goal at the German end of Sochi’s Fisht Stadium provoked delirious scenes from their fans and the bench.”I was very pleased for him,” Loew said. “He was obviously involved in the mistake with the Swedes scoring the first goal. It was an unfortunate incident but what he did very well was this free kick in the dying minutes.”Of course this was a thriller, full of emotions, a rollercoaster ride,” Loew added.World Cup, Day 10 Highlights: Boetang’s red card, Mexican magic continues”The last couple of minutes were full of drama but those matches exist in football. This is something that happens time and again and that is kind of the attractiveness for football fans that you have these matches.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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