Saturday 16 December 2017

Loew 'in state of shock' after miracle draw

Philip O'Connor

Germany coach Joachim Loew has admitted he was left speechless after his team squandered a four-goal lead and allowed Sweden to snatch a remarkable draw with four second-half goals in Berlin.

The hosts, who saw their 13-game winning streak in Euro and World Cup qualifiers come to an end, were like two different teams.

A dazzling display of attacking football in the opening 45 minutes ripped Sweden to shreds, with the Germans scoring seemingly at will.

But Zlatan Ibrahimovic launched the fightback in the 62nd minute and Mikael Lustig added another two minutes later.

Johan Elmander cut Germany's lead to 4-3 in the 76th minute and Rasmus Elm grabbed an unlikely equaliser just before the final whistle.

"I am in a state of shock," Loew said. "For us, this should be a life lesson. A lesson in how one should finish off a game. I simply have no explanation for what happened."

"I never expected to see my team thrown off rhythm like that," said Loew. "It was something that had to do with their heads and we are all bitterly disappointed. But we will not be thrown off track. This may be a game where you can learn something for life."

Meanwhile, Sweden coach Erik Hamren admitted he "didn't want the night to end" and said the Swedish prime minister had visited the dressing room afterwards to thank the players.

"He probably didn't feel that great at 4-0, but it was a lot more fun at 4-4. He went around and thanked all the players. It was appreciated," Hamren said.

Irish Independent

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