Sunday, 1 June 2014

Borussia Park, Mönchengladbach

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"You could see the freshness was missing."

Germany - Thomas Müller 66', Andre Schürrle 71'
Cameroon - Samuel Eto'o 62', Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 78'

In their penultimate game before the World Cup, Germany come up against a strong-tackling Cameroon side. After going a goal down, two substitutions by Jogi are key in two quick goals. Though he admits things could have been a lot better, one plus point is the debut performance of Erik Durm.

Germany only draw in World Cup test with Brazil-bound Cameroon
Germany survive Cameroon scare

Cameroon fight back to draw Germany
Germany comeback foiled by Cameroon

"Our passing game wasn't good and we made many, many mistakes," said Löw after Sunday's 2-2 draw against Cameroon.
"It's something we need to work on, our chance conversion rate is not optimal.
"We also gave away far too much ball and we left too many gaps between midfield and defence in the closing stages."
Low: We'll see a strong Ozil at the World Cup
"Mesut Ozil has not had his best day," Low stated. "He needs two more weeks, then we'll see a strong Mesut at the World Cup."
Low remains anxious over Schweinsteiger and Klose fitness
Explaining their absence, Low said: "Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcel Schmelzer have trained twice today (Sunday). And that was arranged because yesterday they trained only once with the team.
"For this game it was too early for them because it is important to go into hard tackles before such a game.
"And in relation to Miroslav Klose, I've spoken to him in the morning and I could see that, because of his intensive training program, he fell into a sort of limbo.
"Because of that the risk was too high to let him play against Cameroon. And he even said that he thinks that he needs a few more training sessions during the next couple of weeks to get really fit.
"He is good at rating himself and so I made the decision to go into the game without him."
(Lahm and Neuer)  "Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer both trained in Munich and will train (on Monday) as well as Schweinsteiger and Schmelzer. They are fully fit and have no problems concerning any injuries."
Löw lobt Durm: "Das hat er sehr gut gemacht" - from
"He has done very well" said Joachim Löw of the Dortmund left back's performance.

"Sind bis zur WM in besserer Verfassung" - post-match comments from Jogi.
He said that Cameroon were a good test as they were a team with a considerable physical presence and strong in the tackle. On other points he said it was only natural that Sami Khedira was not fully up to strength but that he will get better with intensive training over the next two weeks. He would not commit to a World Cup line-up of Boateng at right back and Mats Hummels in defence saying "All three central defenders have been in good shape this season and also in South Tyrol." He excluded Philipp Lahm's use as a left-back, saying he will either play on the right or in defensive midfield. Mario Götze as a 'False 9' is still an option to consider.
Asked if he was now less optimistic for the World Cup, he replied "No.. I know that we can do better in some areas. But I am absolutely confident and optimistic that we are in two weeks' time in much better shape."

The next morning, it was announced that Marcel Schmelzer, Shkodran Mustafi and Kevin Volland are the three players omitted to reduce the squad to 23.

Match highlights from

Post-match interview with ARD

Post-match press conference

Starting Line-Up:
Roman Weidenfeller, Erik Durm (Benedikt Höwedes), Mats Hummels, Per Mertesacker, Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira (Christoph Kramer), Marco Reus, Mesut Özil (Lukas Podolski), Thomas Müller, Mario Götze (Andre Schürrle)

DFB World Champions Party, Intercontinental Hotel, Düsseldorf, 31 May 2014

Training, Paul Janes Stadion, Düsseldorf, 31 May 2014

The team arrive back in Düsseldorf following their ten-day stay in South Tyrol, 31 May 2014

World Cup tickets up for grabs against Cameroon

"The World Cup countdown begins on Sunday."
Last test for Löw as German World Cup plans take shape - 30 May 2014
Löw says tomorrow's encounter is an "important opportunity for me to draw some further conclusions, tactically as well on individual players."
"Afterwards there are decisions to be made, important but also hard because all the players who were here gave everything. The decision on which 23 players we are taking to Brazil will be made on Sunday after the match."
Löw über Lahm und Neuer gegen Kamerun: "Noch zu früh"
At the press conference on Friday morning, Joachim Löw confirmed that Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer will not be in the team for the match against Cameroon. Roman Weidenfeller will be in goal.

He spoke of his desire to play against African opponents before the World Cup, in preparation for the game against Ghana.

Last updated 5 June 2014
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