Germany grabs easy 4-1 win over Kazakhstan in World Cup qualifiers
Germany stepped closer to grabbing an automatic qualification in the 2014 World Cup with an easy 4-1 victory over Kazakhstan at the Easycredit-Stadion in Germany on Tuesday night. Coach Joachim Low was happy with the performance of his men, although his side could have hammered in a couple of more goals during the second-half of the game.
Joachim Low and Co. led the game by 3-0 at half-time. Germany portrayed a team that was ready to contend for the World Cup trophy, but the second-half of the game gave a glimpse into a very different side of the story.
Kazakhstan pulled a goal back, hit the woodwork and had a shot cleared off the goal-line. Clearly, Kazakhstan could have pulled off an upset had Lady Luck decided to favor them in the night.
Joachim Low tried to find excuses for his team’s lack lustrous second-half performances. The German boss, who criticized his men after the 3-0 victory in Kazakhstan on Friday night, revealed that his men were playing under-pressure and risked exhaustion because of important Bundesliga and Champions League games.
“They have important Bundesliga games at the weekend and Champions League matches next week so possibly they were thinking about that,” Joachim Low said. “But we still created a lot of chances against very deep-lying opponents who didn't even want to play football.”
In spite of all the praise and positive approach Joachim Low did criticize some Germans. The coach lambasted against some fans at the Frankenstadion for jeering at the German team during the second-half of the game. The negative chanting was particularly aimed at goalkeeper Manuel Neuer following his mistake which allowed Kazakhstan to score.
“What I don't like is the treatment of our number one goalkeeper,” Joachim Low told ARD television. “I don't think it's fair to ridicule a goalkeeper who has achieved so much for us, I think that is very unsporting.”
Manuel Neuer apologized for his mistake after the game. The Bayern Munich shot-stopper attempted to play the ball to initiate a counter-attack, but instead found Heinrich Schmidtgal who then pulled one back for Kazakhstan.
“All I can do is apologise,” Manuel Neuer said. “I wanted to try to play the ball out and not just blast it into touch. In the end, I should have just hoofed it out.”