Low blasts German side after friendly loss

Joachim Low says Germany are rightfully open to criticism after their pre-World Cup troubles continued with a shock defeat against neighbours Austria.

Germany have failed to win all five of their friendlies since securing their spot in Russia – the latest of which was a 2-1 defeat to the Austrians, who recovered from going behind to a Mesut Ozil goal.

Although boss Low was heartened by the return to action of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, he was unable to mask how dispirited he was by his side’s display.

“I am not upset about the loss, not upset about losing the game, I am upset about the way we lost it,” said Low.

“It was our own fault, because after taking the lead we controlled the game, but right before the break and the first 15-20 minutes after the break we weren’t in the game at all. We lost the ball unbelievably often, there were so many turnovers.

“We are not used to that from our team. We let the Austrians get back in the game. Even before the equaliser they had a couple of chances to score, you could see it coming. In this phase we were careless and in the second half we could not turn it around anymore.

“We didn’t find our game. Our performance was disappointing, there were many mistakes made, many things to criticise.”