Low: World-class Neuer saved below-par Germany

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The coach hailed his goalkeeper after the world champions needed a superb performance from him to claim all three points against Georgia

Germany coach Joachim Low paid tribute to the "world-class" performance of Manuel Neuer in their 2-1 win over Georgia on Sunday to seal a place at Euro 2016.

The Bayern Munich goalkeeper made three great saves in Leipzig – one of which came with the scores level at 1-1 – as the world champions made hard work of getting the point they required to reach the tournament in France.

Ultimately, a goal from substitute Max Kruse 11 minutes from time settled nerves after a tense contest had seen Germany waste countless opportunities to put the result beyond doubt.

Low was far from satisfied with the overall performance but did pay tribute to the saves made by Neuer to prevent his side from paying the price for their missed chances.

"We can draw the same conclusions as against Ireland," he told reporters.

"We have again missed three or four chances at the beginning and then came the frustration. From there, some errors crept in and we had big trouble in the second half.

"Manuel Neuer had to make two or three world-class saves to prevent us from falling behind. We are sometimes not attentive enough. Unfortunately, you have to say we have allowed a few clear chances at the back.

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"In general we can be pleased that we have won the group and managed qualification, but we are not satisfied with the last two games. That is not our standard."  

 

 

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