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Loew accepts blame for Germany struggles

22 December 2012 19:51

Germany coach Joachim Loew admits he made mistakes in the 2-1 loss to Italy in the Euro 2012 semi-finals.

A brace from Mario Balotelli was enough for Italy despite Mesut Oezil pulling a goal back for Germany from the penalty spot late on in Warsaw.

Loew also took some blame for the spectacular collapse of Germany in the 4-4 draw against Sweden in a UEFA World Cup qualifier, in which his men threw away a four-goal lead.

"With the knowledge I have today, I would probably approach the Italy game differently," Loew told Suddeutsche Zeitung.

"I had a clear plan for that game and of course I have to now admit that the plan did not work.

"Against Sweden, I got (Mario) Goetze and (Lukas) Podolski to drop deeper to try give us more security and that did not work.

"The year 2012 was constructive for all of us and I have certainly learned from it."

Loew's contract with Germany expires in 2014, and the 52-year-old recently said he would be happy to extend his deal, amid rumours he could replace Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

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