Everybody in the dressing room is stunned to silence. We are speechless."
Germany - Miroslav Klose 8', 15', Per Mertesacker 39', Mesut Özil 56'
Sweden - Zlatan Ibrahimovic 62', M Lustig 64', Johan Elmander 76', Rasmus Elm 90+3'
After two goals from Miroslav Klose, Per Mertesacker's first-ever for Germany, and Mesut Özil's fifth of the campaign, it looked as if Germany was cruising for another emphatic victory. And then came a final half-hour few of us will ever forget!
"I am in a state of shock," Löw told reporters. "For us this should be a life lesson. A lesson in how one should finish off a game. I simply have no explanation for what happened."Löw shocked by 4-4 draw
"To be honest, 10 minutes after the game, I cannot explain this."'Impossible' collapse stuns Low
"I cannot explain it so soon after the game has finished," he said. "It is hard to explain how we could throw away such an advantage. To throw away a 4-0 lead is normally impossible. I am shocked. I have never experienced anything like it. Everybody in the dressing room is stunned to silence; we are speechless."Löw: Germany will bounce back from Sweden shock
Löw: "Werden die Lehren daraus ziehen" - Jogi speaks to team.dfb.de
It was probably too much to hope that there would not be the now inevitable negative press headlines in the immediate aftermath of the team surrendering a four-goal lead!
Hyperbole and over-exaggeration were the tone of the day as Der Tagesspiegel had Germany sinking into 'Ein neuer Abgrund' - a new abyss - as a result of the draw. RP-online turned to Hollywood for inspiration, claiming Jogi could be suffering from a 'seven-year itch' and focus.de ran a 'survey' that would probably not have passed the 'fair test' criteria of the average classroom.
However, showing the same class off the pitch, as he had shown some four decades previously on it, Franz Beckenbauer showed his love for the game in all its unpredictability by admitting he had 'laughed in front of the TV' Tuesday night, and tweeting "Germanys game yesterday is not a drama. Actually one can only smile that something like this can still happen in todays football."
Six days after the match, and having cancelled an appearance on das aktuelle sportstudio due to flu, a lengthy interview with Jogi appeared on dfb.de. This drew a very positive reaction all round:
Line-up: Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber, Per Mertesacker, Philipp Lahm, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marco Reus, Thomas Müller, Miroslav Klose.
Subtitutes Used: Mario Götze, Lukas Podolski.
Injured Khedira a doubt for Germany
"We have just one problem at the moment - the question of Sami Khedira," Löw said. "We do not know 100% whether Sami will be fit to play as he was treated today and will continue to be treated this evening."Löw: : We're lucky to have Klose
"But every coach is lucky if he has a Miroslav Klose in the team. He is the leading scorer at the World Cup. This is an uncommonly good performance and that speaks volumes."Germans target Ibrahimovic, Khedira still doubtful
(Zlatan Ibrahimovic) "He's a dangerous player, who can decide games on his own and can often find the solution in very difficult situations," said the 52-year-old Löw.
Having reviewed his words from the press conference in Dublin last week, Jogi spoke of his regret at the comments he made about left-back Marcel Schmelzer. "Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not criticize players in public like that." he said.
"My choice of words was very, very unfortunate. That was not meant to come out that way. The choice of words was out of order. I have discussed it with him." - from espn
Video footage from kicker.de
Löw: "Warum sollte ich etwas ändern?"
Löw: "Interner Konkurrenzkampf ist wichtig"
Berlin freut sich auf die nächste Löw-Party - Berlin looks forward to the next Löw-Party, says BZ! - 14 October 2012
"Nothing is torn, we must now wait for the next few days to see how the healing goes," said Löw at Sunday's press conference after Khedira missed training on Sunday.
Low plays down Khedira injury fears after Germany win
"I think we took him off at half-time before anything got completely broken," he told reporters after the (Ireland) game."As far as the Sweden game is concerned, I expect they will be working altogether unlike the Irish team tonight, with different combinations of play, not just long balls," Löw said. fromthescore.ie - 13 October 2012
"The Swedish team is not only about their world-class player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but about their team as a whole." from goal.com - 5 October 2012
For full squad details for the two October World Cup qualifiers, see my Ireland page.
Last updated 12 April 2014