Ominous for Irish as Loew says his team can do better
Gibraltar 0 Germany 7
Germany coach Joachim Loew expects his team to be back to their best when Group D of the Euro qualifiers resumes in September.
The World Cup winners have looked off-colour in their opening six games, losing 2-0 away to Poland while also dropping points at home to Ireland thanks to a late John O'Shea equaliser.
"That was to be expected. Several players had injury problems or struggled for form, but we always knew that we could be facing these types of issues," said Loew after watching his charges rout Gibraltar.
Rather ominously for Ireland, despite taking Group D in third gear so far, the Germans have eased into second place, one point off Poland, and Loew expects them back to full throttle in the new season.
"We weren't as confident as in previous years. But I'm convinced that the team will be back on track after they take a break," added Loew, who has already stated his intention of introducing more young players to the squad next season.
Germany were only 1-0 ahead at the break thanks to a 28th-minute strike by Andre Schurrle after man-of-match Gibraltar goalkeeper Jordan Perez, who works as a fireman, had saved an early Bastian Schweinsteiger penalty.
Loew obviously had some harsh words to say at half-time as Germany put the minnows to the sword after the break.
"The 1-0 lead at half-time was not satisfactory based on our attacking potential," he said.
Max Kruse made it 2-0 two minutes into the second half and Ilkay Gundogan added the third four minutes later.
Karim Bellarabi of Eintracht Braunschweig scored his first international goal in the 57th minute, much to the delight of Loew, who was seen filing his nails soon afterwards.
The impressive Schurrle then completed his hat-trick with two neat finishes before Kruse put the icing on the cake 10 minutes from time against the jaded part-timers.