Germany crash to Austria on Neuer’s comeback

06 June 2018, 12:46 | Kristine Mills

International Friendly match report Austria v Germany 02 June 2018

International Friendly Report: Austria v Germany 02 June 2018

"We let the Austrians get back in the game".

"It was a good comeback from Manuel after so long out", Loew told broadcaster ZDF.

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Friday that Neuer will be their first choice goalkeeper at the World Cup if he makes the final squad, which will be announced on Monday when four players will be cut from the current 27.

Meanwhile Manuel Neuer made his first start since September 2017 after recovering from a broken foot. We lost the ball unbelievably often, there were so many turnovers.

It was Germany's fifth match without a win - their first such stretch since 1987-88 - and their first defeat to neighbors Austria for 32 years.

Germany led early on through Mesut Özil's strike but second-half goals from Martin Hinteregger and Alessandro Schöpf turned the match on its head and gave Austria, who will not be at the World Cup, a seventh successive victory.

The match was delayed for over an hour due to inclement weather at the stadium.

Germany will be out to defend their title in Russian Federation and will be one of the favourites to lift the trophy, yet they must guard against complacency.

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Germany almost doubled its lead in the 20th when Julian Brandt broke through after a quick combination between Joshua Kimmich and debutant Nils Petersen, but the Leverkusen midfielder had his low shot saved by Siebenhandl.

11 minutes was all it took for Germany to grab the lead!

Neuer saved an effort from close range by Marko Arnautovic just minutes later but wasn't to blame for Schoepf's winning goal in the 69th after an excellent team move that split open the German defense.

Die Mannschaft have a star-studded squad and plenty of experience but were deservedly beaten by Austria, who did not even qualify for the World Cup.

Rudy was not to blame, but Germany lost their shape as the hosts came flying out of the blocks for the second half and kept the world champions' defence under pressure.

Loew tried to shake things up with a double substitution on 67 minutes, throwing on forwards Timo Werner and Marco Reus, but Austria took the lead moments later.

The reigning world champions begin their defense against Mexico on June 17, and with the likes of Reus back in the squad for the competition, many have tipped Germany to retain their crown in Russian Federation.

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