Germany vs. Faroe Islands  3 - 0

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Loew laments profligate Germany

8 September 2012 05:54

Germany coach Joachim Loew is worried by his side's lack of proficiency in front of goal after a 3-0 victory over Faroe Islands.

The hosts dominated proceedings in Hannover, but could only muster up three goals, with Miroslav Klose, Thomas Muller and Marco Reus all guilty of squandering chances.

It was a familiar story for Loew's side, who were uncharacteristically wasteful in front of goal in their recent defeats to Argentina and Italy, and the 52-year-old is adamant that his troops must improve.

"I know that it was our biggest victory ever against the Faroes, but I think we have to be criticised here because we had many chances, but not enough goals," he said.

"In some situations we could do better. We sometimes don't do the little things correctly. Faroe Islands are not the benchmark against which we measure our other opponents in the group."

Mesut Oezil, who scored two excellent second-half goals to make sure of the three points, agreed with his coach's criticism, but was content with the result.

"We put pressure on them from the start and we wanted to get an early goal, and we had many scoring chances in the first half," he said.

"We gave everything, we deserved to win and can be satisfied with our result. We have taken the first step."

Mario Gotze, who scored the opening goal, saluted the Faroes' resolute performance in the face of adversity.

"They stood very deep, and it was difficult to break through them. We should have done better in one or two situations, but we did well for the goals," he said.

Germany continue their qualifying campaign against Austria on Tuesday.

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Loew ´perfect´ for Germany, says Woerns

7 September 2012 17:35

Former Borussia Dortmund defender Christian Woerns believes Joachim Loew is still the perfect coach for Germany.

The 52-year-old took charge of the national side after the 2006 World Cup, but has so far been unable to guide them to a major trophy.

Nevertheless, Woerns, who made 66 international appearances for Germany, is still confident Loew is the right man for the job.

"I think that Germany have moved in the right direction in recent years. I still think Loew is the perfect coach for Germany," Woerns told Goal.com.

"Reaching the semi-finals at Euro 2012 was not a bad performance. We all saw during the tournament that Italy were not a bad team.

"Everybody was talking about winning the tournament and Germany were even expected to win it. There's always going to be criticism if you don't go all the way. That's the way football works.

"It's important to keep things in perspective, though. The high expectations were the problem. Italy simply played a fantastic tournament."

The former Bayer Leverkusen defender looked ahead to the qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup and said Germany were the favourites to progress.

"Germany are obviously the favourites in the group, but we shouldn't underestimate our opponents," Woerns said.

"Sweden are a strong team and the rivalry with Austria always brings something extra out in them. Some unpleasant games await."

Germany start their qualification campaign with a home game against the Faroe Islands.

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Loew expects qualifying battle

5 September 2012 19:09

Germany manager Joachim Loew expects qualifying for the 2014 World Cup to be tougher than this year's European Championship.

Loew's men, who won all 10 matches on the road to Euro 2012, host the Faroe Islands in their opening Group C clash on Friday, ahead of matches against Austria, Ireland, Kazakhstan and Sweden.

"We qualified for Euro 2012 in style. We won all the games," Loew said on Wednesday.

"This time it will be more difficult for us. I think all the contenders in this group are of a high standard."

He added: "Against the Faroe Islands especially I expect a better defence from our side than in the games before.

"I want the attacking players to be the first defenders. If we want to do this better in the future, then the attacking players need to learn how to switch from attacking to defending in a quick way.

"They need to learn how to disturb early, defend from the first moment of losing the ball."

Despite Germany's disappointment in Poland and Ukraine, midfielder Mesut Ozil said it was time to focus on the next challenge.

"We made it to the semi-final and to be knocked out so close to your dream is always bitter," Ozil said.

"We played very good as a team, especially in the group stage. We had a tough group, but won all games.

"We gave everything (in the semi-final) and have to admit that Italy were much better than us on that day."