Sunday, June 20, 2010

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

Coach Joachim Löw insisted on Saturday that Germany's shock defeat to Serbia at the World Cup had not sent them into 'headless-chicken mode' and he was still confident of reaching the last 16.

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.

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