Austria vs. Germany - Football Match Report

Austria vs. Germany - Football Match Report

Austria vs. Germany - Football Match Report

Germany's FIFA World Cup 2018 preparations suffered a blow as they slipped to a surprise 2-1 defeat to Austria on Saturday.

"For the moment everything is on plan for Manuel Neuer".

Barcelona's Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has deputised for Neuer, who has not played for Germany since October 2016. "He hasn't had problems in the match or in training this week".

The game was little of a true test for England, who benefited from a string of first-half errors by Nigeria, who pulled a goal back through Alex Iwobi shortly after the break but threatened only fleetingly for much of the game.

If he is selected for the final World Cup squad, Neuer will have the opportunity to play a last friendly match on June 8 in Leverkusen against Saudi Arabia. They also face Sweden and South Korea in Group F.

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Despite the concern over the German's back injury, which was picked up several months ago, Germany assistant manager Thomas Schneider is confident that Ozil will be ready come the start of the tournament.

Ozil should have quickly made it two but shot straight at Siebenhand before Julian Brandt burst into the penalty area and poked an effort narrowly wide.

At the other end, Neuer made his first save on 16 minutes to deny attacking midfielder Schoepf.

David Alaba's deep corner from Austria's right was met at the back post by the unmarked Hinteregger, who flashed a fierce, first-time volley from a tight angle beyond the helpless Neuer.

The game would in defeat for the Germans, a result which Loew will no doubt be hoping gives his charges a kick up the backside ahead of Russian Federation. We lost the ball unbelievably often, there were so many turnovers.

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He said: "We played decent football at times in the first half, but then we just stopped clicking". We won't fool ourselves.

"It's a frustrating defeat because we didn't implement a lot of what we had talked about", Low told

"It's always great to win, especially against Germany".

After officials undertook three separate pitch inspections, the game finally started an hour and 45 minutes later than originally scheduled.

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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Dark clouds move over the stadium as heavy rain and hail delay the start of a friendly soccer match between Austria and Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria, Saturday, June 2, 2018.

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