Low: ‘It was a relatively easy win’

Germany coach Joachim Low heaped praise on his side following their comfortable 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Northern Ireland on Tuesday. 

Julian Draxler and Sami Khedira were on target for Germany against the Ulstermen, who have now won all three of their World Cup qualifiers and sit atop the Group C standings with nine points. 

Germany beat the Czech Republic on Sunday and Low was delighted to have secured six valuable points and not conceded any goals in the process. 

"The main thing is that we got six points from these two games and did not concede any goals," Low told reporters. "We scored twice early in the game and that meant it was a relatively easy win. Northern Ireland sat pretty deep and they did not change their approach after falling behind."

Low, though, admitted that there was room for improvement as Germany were caught napping twice towards the end of the first half. Luckily, their lapses in concentration didn’t cost them as they cruised to victory. 

"We had to defend a few one-on-ones in the final 15 minutes of the first half and that was rather dangerous," he said. "Our transition from attack to defence was a bit too slow sometimes. We were a bit careless on occasions."