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Löw says Germany not in 'headless-chicken mode' after loss

AFP · 19 Jun 2010, 15:12

Published: 19 Jun 2010 15:12 GMT+02:00

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Having hammered Australia 4-0 in their opening match, Germany were brought crashing down to earth on Friday when Milan Jovanovic's first-half goal gave the Serbians a 1-0 win to throw Group D wide open.

Just a minute before Serbia scored, striker Miroslav Klose was sent off for a second yellow card and Lukas Podolski later saw his second-half penalty saved during Germany's first group-stage defeat at a World Cup since 1986.

But despite the set-back, Löw said he was confident his side would beat Ghana at Johannesburg's Soccer City on Wednesday and reach the knock-out phase.

"I don't think such a defeat will send us into headless-chicken mode," said

Löw. Germany, Ghana and Serbia are all on three points in Group D ahead of

Saturday's Ghana-Australia clash in Rustenburg.

"Despite all the disappointment of last night, I woke up with a good gut feeling because in the second half, we showed great morale and the team created some good goal-scoring opportunities," he said.

"We can take some confidence: we played with our heads up, there is a mood of defiance in the air and everyone is sure we can reach the last 16. Germany has the will-power, the skills and the belief to put a defeat like this behind us, there is no resignation in the camp or self-doubt."

With Klose suspended for the next game, Löw will be forced to replace his striker and Brazil-born Cacau is favourite to start.

Löw has five players on yellow cards and a further booking for any of them against Ghana would see them miss the Last 16 game, should Germany progress, but the coach said he would not be telling his players to hold back.

"We have a few players who are on a yellow as far as the next game is concerned, but I will not tell the squad to keep their cards close to their chest or to play with the handbrake on," said Löw.

"I will not tell them to hold back mentally, I want them to apply the right level of positive aggression. There may be a risk of players picking up a ban, but that must not be an excuse to hold back. Attack is an important part of our game."

In the match with Serbia, Spanish referee Alberto Undiano dished out nine yellow cards and Löw was unpleasantly surprised by the number of bookings.

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"I was surprised, in a negative way, about the amount of yellow cards," said the 50-year-old whose side received five yellow cards, as well as Klose's red.

"It goes without saying that brutal tackles need to be given a yellow or even a red card, but such silly fouls shouldn't be punished."

But Löw said the match was in no way an unfair game and the number of yellow cards was unwarranted.

"Klose could have jockeyed the guy, he knew he was in dangerous territory after the earlier booking, but Klose is not an unfair player, all he wanted to do was get the ball."

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17:09 June 19, 2010 by andthenme
Klose was very stupid. He even scored a goal after he was in offside, at that time he had already one yellow card, and the referee was very nice to him not showing him the second yellow card. But he seemed he wanted to be sent off by committing another foul just couple of minutes after that. He was very stupid, and Podolski is definitely the worst player so far.
17:45 June 19, 2010 by freechoice
FIFA should investigate if there are allegations of corruption for the referees...
18:18 June 19, 2010 by auniquecorn
Yea like that goal they took back from USA, they showed the replay over about 10 times and found only 2 players from the other team commiting fouls.
18:25 June 19, 2010 by Thomas Tariro
I dont know what was happening to Klose that day against Serbia.I am a fan of Germany but i think Klose invited that red card on himself.That score after being cautined offside showed that the referee was just human.He could have given him another yellow card there and there. But when he made that other crude tackle, the referee rightly judged that Klose was not interested in playing at all.I love the Germany team, but that day they were not in the game at all. Most of the guys made silly fouls, but the referee chose to ignore awarding them more yellow cards.Germany would have ended up with 8 or so players.If they play this way against Ghana, i am afraid to comment.
18:51 June 19, 2010 by andthenme
Germany s football team has been always my number one. But against Serbia, they really didnt deserve a win. When you lose so many opportunities to score, even a penalty, then there is no guarantee that your opponent will not score, that means if youre very lucky, you will end up with 0-0.

There is definitely a big dangerous mafia behind any money and bet, and we are gonna see this in this tournament too, but there is nothing to blame the referee in the match between Germany and Serbia. The only person responsible for the defeat was Podolski.

Germany lacks a good striker this time, and there is only Klose, who is great just in header but awful on the ground, he is slower than a snail.
19:20 June 19, 2010 by jerryzeigler
unfortunately, didn't have the chance to see the match...but Germany is in good shape with the +3 goal differential....expect them to advance from group play...but without Ballack...could be tough in the next round...

19:58 June 20, 2010 by cocovelvet
I just love watching Germany playing.... but what was going on in the field in South Africa against Serbia was a little desaster. How can this Klose drive himself to get a red card ??!! I just couldn't believe it......

In the next game against Ghana, I am hoping to see a great game set back for the german fans, not all those silly fouls against opponents.
20:28 June 20, 2010 by lordkorner
What are you people talking about "driving himself to get a yellow card" anyone who watched this game and then the following one with England against Algeria will know that it was an over reaction from the Spanish ref,who it seemed to me was in some kind of *uck y'all mode after his country got beaten. None of Klose fouls deserved a yellow card, a ticking off and a free kick at the most. You can not play the ball all the time without tripping you opponent sometime,its when you deliberately foul a player then a card is given,
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