Low pleased with Germany rout

Germany coach Joachim Low believes Friday's 6-1 win over the Republic of Ireland in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers was no less than his team deserved.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Leading 2-0 at the break thanks to a first-half brace from Marco Reus, Germany piled on the pressure in the second half and went six goals up thanks to further strikes from Mesut Ozil, Miroslav Klose and a double from Toni Kroos, before the Irish grabbed a late consolation through Andy Keogh.

The result was enough to keep the Germans top of Group C with nine points from three games but despite the emphatic nature of the win, Low insists his players deserved no less after a complete performance.

"The team was focused from the beginning," he said in his post-match press conference. "That was noticeable throughout the whole week in training.

"When we had the ball, we played it forward quickly and found the right balance. We deserved to win by this margin.

"The opponents were unimaginative, playing long balls forward without any real pressure.

"We were much better organised defensively than in recent games."

Klose was also relieved to net on his 125th cap for Germany, following a week where he was subject to criticism by Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, but insists his main aim is to play his role for the team.

"I think that the first two games were very difficult," the Lazio striker said. "But if we prepare for a game properly like today [Friday], we can come out with a result.

"It was nice to contribute to the win with a goal on my 125th cap. But I have no comment for Uli Hoeness' criticism.

"Much has been written but it's best for me to keep my mouth shut and concentrate on football."

Germany are next in action on Tuesday when they entertain second-placed Sweden.



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