Germany Coach Low: How We Planned Comeback Win Vs Sweden
Germany coach Joachim Low said he always knew his team would bounce back to claim all three points against Sweden in Saturday’s Group F clash at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Holders Germany were on the brink of crashing out of the World Cup following OlaToivolen’s first half opener for Sweden.
But an early equaliser in the second by Marco Reus and a Toni Kroos stoppage time goal gave Germany the all-important win.
Prior to Kroos’ late goal, Germany were reduced to 10 men following Jerome Boateng’s sending off.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Low revealed how his team managed to secure all the three points.
“This was a thriller, full of emotions and a rollercoaster ride right up to the final whistle,” Low said.
“After conceding a goal we kept a level head, we said that we needed to make quick passes, cover ground to tire out Sweden and then open up spaces, which we were able to do.
“In the second half the pressure we built up was increasingly strong. We obviously also didn’t score on a couple of clear opportunities but what I did appreciate was the spirit of the team. We never lost hope that we could turn the tide and win this match.