It never rains but pours as Germany lose to Austria

It never rains but pours as Germany lose to Austria

Mats Hummels and Thomas Mueller, who are rested, are also being left behind in Eppan by Loew, but for the rest of the 27-man squad this is their last chance to win a place on the plane to Russian Federation.

Siebenhandl made amends by keeping out Ozil's tamer 16th-minute effort before getting his fingertips to Julian Brandt's unsafe effort four minutes later.

The reigning world champions begin their defense against Mexico on June 17, and with the likes of Reus back in the squad for the competition, many have tipped Germany to retain their crown in Russian Federation. And Neuer was quick to react and deny Florian Grillitsch when the Austria midfielder tried to beat him at the near post in the 31st.

Neuer saved an effort from close range by Marko Arnautovic just minutes later but wasn't to blame for Schoepf's winning goal in the 69th after an excellent team move that split open the German defense.

"On Monday morning, I will speak to the relevant players and they will leave the squad around midday", said Loew.

Germany looked comfortable throughout the first half, but Austria hit back after the break, and goals from Martin Hinteregger and Alessandro Schopf handed them a deserved victory.

"The defeat is annoying, we did well in the first half, but we lost a lot of ball in the second half and made life hard for ourselves".

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He said: "We played decent football at times in the first half, but then we just stopped clicking".

"There is a lot of work to do, but we won't drive ourselves insane", he said.

Saturday's game was subject to a long pre-match delay due to heavy rain, with Low left annoyed by his side's poor performance against Austria, who recorded a seventh straight win despite failing to qualify for the World Cup.

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

The match was delayed for more than 100 minutes after torrential rain and hail had made the pitch unplayable at the scheduled start time.

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.

Low's team toiled to create anything of note in reply to Austria's two second-half goals and while the starting XI against Mexico will look a lot different to the team on Saturday, Germany's inability to pose much of an attacking threat will be a worry to Low.

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