Germany - Benedikt Höwedes 81'
Argentina - Sami Khedira 45+1' (og), Lionel Messi 52', Angel di Maria 73'
After being reduced to ten men half-an-hour into the game, Germany would always have their backs to the wall against a strong Argentinian side, and could not avoid a defeat. There were however encouraging performances from Marco Reus and Andre Schürrle, and, despite the result, the German side left the field to cheers from the 48,000 crowd.
"The red card put us on a back foot - then came the own goal as well," Löw added. "After that it was hard for us to play against such brilliant players as Messi, Higuain or di Maria. We made a few tactical mistakes, but the players gave everything."'Red card took us by surprise,' admits Low after Argentina defeat
"We had 20, 25 very good minutes," he is quoted as saying by DFB.de. "
"If we are a goal and a man down and commit three or four men forward in attack, then it's difficult to remain compact and tight when the opposition launches a counter attack."Early red card turns match in Argentina's favor - from bundesligafanatic
Match report from UEFA.com
Löw: "Eine gewisse Orientierung für mich" - from team.dfb.de
Germany coach Joachim Loew said that the rule that forced referees to send off players who commit last-man fouls was a poor one. "I don't even want to know who made the rule, it simply makes no sense," said Löw.Löw gewinnt den Stimmungstest - n-tv talks of the support shown by the crowd at the end of the game.
Khedira: Germany squad trust Low - Sami Khedira is quoted from the press conference today - 14 August 2012
Berti Vogts bricht eine Lanze für Bundestrainer Joachim Löw
And in a superb interview from one who knows, former Bundestrainer Berti Vogts describes the over-exaggerated criticism of Jogi as "großer Bullshit". I couldn't have said it better myself, Berti!
It was only to be expected that the first press conference after the European Championship would be less about the forthcoming friendly and more about the tournament last June!
Speaking for 28-minutes, without notes and without interruption, Jogi said that he had wanted some time to spend on a comprehensive analysis of the EM, and described the defeat to Italy as 'painful'. The team now have the task of working on the errors made at Euro 2012, and looking for solutions over the next two years. They have a long-term concept and will be sticking with it. He spoke of the world-record 15 consecutive games won before the semi-final, and they will continue on this track, with minor corrections.
While he was able to accept criticism, he spoke of that which he found tedious and non-productive - comments on the lack of strong leadership within the team ('the Leitwolfdiskussion'), the negative press surrounding the non-singing of the National Anthem, and the accusation that the players were too 'spoiled'.
"I take sporting criticism on board very keenly and with deference, and I also try to make decisions based on it," Löw told reporters, before saying that he thought many of the questions raised after Euro 2012 were not of a sporting nature, and sometimes criticized the very progress pundits were praising prior to the tournament."Some parts of the criticism strike me as unproductive and tiresome."Löw looking to future
"I want to make it quite clear - this leadership question, I don't think it is fair to discuss it and I don't want to hear it again in the future," he said at a press conference.
Löw highlighted the increased number of chances his players created at Euro 2012, an improved defensive performance and more possession, compared to the World Cup in 2010.
"You can ask if we've become more dominant or if opponents are allowing us more space. It's probably a case of both," Löw said.Klose aims for Brazil swansong
"I am still counting on Miroslav Klose in the next two years. When he is in his stride, he still ranks among the best attackers in the world," Loew told a news conference in Frankfurt today, two days before Germany's friendly with Argentina.
Also in the press conference, Jogi rejected the comments of Markus Babbel that goalkeeper Tim Wiese should not have learned of his non-selection from Andreas Köpke and Hansi Flick. "Wie, wann und wo wir das machen, ist unsere Entscheidung. Das kann niemand anders". He added such remarks showed a lack of respect to Köpke and Flick. Still on the question of the goalkeeping position, he said he had not yet decided who would start on Wednesday, in the absence of Manuel Neuer.
Löw: "Große Motivation und Spannung" - A summary of the press conference on dfb.de
Coverage of the press conference from the German media:
Live ticker from the press conference
The press conference in full can be watched on tv.dfb.de
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has had to withdraw from Wednesday's game due to a hip injury suffered during the Supercup match against Borussia Dortmund. Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been called up to take his place as one of the two goalies in the squad (Ron-Robert Zieler has already been nominated). - from dfb.de - 13 August 2012
Sven Bender has had to withdraw from the squad as he is to undergo surgery on Monday due to hernias on both groins. The German international will be out for four weeks, says team doctor Dr. Markus Braun. from schwatzgelb.de - 10 August 2012
Germany announce first post-Euro squad - 9 August 2012
"Three days after this game the Premier League season begins in England," said Löw. "So for Per, who was injured for a long time, and Lukas, who is fighting for a regular place, it is more important to prepare with their club in London in the final days before the season starts."Quoted on dfb.de Jogi said that Philipp Lahm had wanted to play, but, after a lengthy telephone conversation, the coach made the decision to leave him out due to his personal circumstances (his wife is shortly to give birth to their first child).
All players nominiated were in the preliminary squad for Euro 2012, only Julian Draxler and Sven Bender did not make it to Poland/Ukraine.
Last updated 5 September 2012