Loew fumes as 'sloppy' Germany crash on Neuer's return

Manuel Neuer

Both Belgium and the European champions had promising phases, Portugal's Bernardo Silva in particular creating chances at the end of the first half. "We let the Austrians get back in the game".

"It was a good comeback for him (Neuer)", said Germany coach Joachim Loew.

The loss on Saturday evening was the last match before the final 23-man World Cup squad announcement on Monday, according to the German football federation's website. We lost the ball unbelievably often, there were so many turnovers.

Manuel Neuer was handed the start ahead of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, despite missing most of the season through injury.

Austria gifted their bigger neighbours an eleventh minute lead when goalkeeper Joerg Siebenhandl sent a awful clearance straight to Mesut Ozil who scored from just inside the penalty area.

It ensured Austria their first win over Germany in 32 years and maintained Franco Foda's 100% record since becoming their coach last November, BBC reports.

There was little he could have done about Austria's equaliser though which came on 53-minutes following a sustained spell of pressure.

Germany's Mesut Ozil, left, vies for the ball with Austria's David Alaba during a friendly soccer match between Austria and Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria, Saturday, June 2, 2018.


Ozil snapped up a poorly timed clearance kick from Joerg Siebenhandl and curled his shot back around the Austria goalkeeper to claim his 23rd goal in his 90th global.

Low made a raft of substitutions in the closing stages, but none of the changes had the desired impact as Germany's World Cup preparations suffered an unlikely setback.

But Martin Hinteregger equalised with a superb angled volley before Alessandro Schopf steered in the victor.

Germany's goalkeeper was in action less than 60 seconds later to superbly deny West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic.

On 67 minutes, Loew sent on Timo Werner and Marcos Reus for Julian Brandt and Sané.

Stefan Lainer tapped back into the area and the German defence failed to shut down Schoepf, who fired past Neuer to the delight of the home crowd.

Germany play their final friendly before Russian Federation 2018 when they host Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen next Friday with their opening World Cup match against Mexico in Moscow on June 17 having also drawn South Korea and Sweden in Group F.

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