Jeers for Ilkay Gundogan annoy Germany boss Joachim Loew


Saudi Arabia was humiliated 8-0 in the 2002 World Cup by Germany but its current vintage, led by former Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, should fare better this time around, with a seemingly vulnerable host Russian Federation up first for them in the tournament opener.

"We squandered many chances and allowed many chances today".

At a post-match news conference, he added: "We will continue to improve and when the tournament starts, we will be there".

They looked in control after Werner smashed the ball in off the crossbar from Marco Reus' cross. "We'll be quicker and more dynamic with more power next week".

Taiseer Al Jassam scores for Saudi Arabia. Sascha Steinbach  EPA
Taiseer Al Jassam scores for Saudi Arabia. Sascha Steinbach EPA

Ozil did not get off the bench as Germany rounded off their World Cup 2018 preparations with a slender win.

But when Gundogan emerged as a second-half substitute at the BayArena, his every touch was roundly booed by those in attendance.

Germany forward Timo Werner opened the scoring in the 8th minute. Germany's goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen denied Mohammad Al-Sahlawi a penalty but Taisir Al-Jassim took on the rebound and slotted home.

It was their first win in six matches but the Germans, who leave for Russian Federation in four days, rarely put their foot on the gas, seemingly fearful of any last-minute injuries, while the Saudis confirmed their good form heading into the World Cup.

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But chances of springing a surprise were dealt a body blow two minutes before the break when a patient and incisive Germany move ended with Othman putting Werner's cross into his own net under pressure from Muller.

This handout picture taken on May 13, 2018 and released on May 14, 2018 by the Turkish Presidential Press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2nd R) posing for a photo with German footballers of Turkish origin Ilkay Gundogan (L), Mesut Ozil (L 2nd) and Cenk Tosun (R) in London.

Croatia battled back from an Ismaila Sarr opener to defeat Senegal 2-1 thanks to second-half goals from Ivan Perisic and Andrej Kramaric and Switzerland continued their impressive form with a 2-0 win over Japan.

Low said after Germany's 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia in their final World Cup warmup.

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And finally, Croatia came from a goal down to beat Senegal 2-1 in Osijek in a warm-up clash that also featured two teams heading to Russian Federation 2018.

"We played a good first half but our performance significantly decreased after the half time".

Germany manager Joachim Low, who had appeared angered by the crowd's jeering, told ARD that "the fact that a national player is booed like that helps nobody." .

Pleasingly from a German perspective, captain Manuel Neuer kept a clean sheet in his 45-minute spell in goal.

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