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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Germans give their boss something to shout about

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GERMANY got the job done as they thrashed minnows Gibraltar 7-0 in Faro - but boss Joachim Löw admits that he had to use some harsh words at the half-time break to make sure his players finished off the job.

The Germans have now scored 16 goals in their six group games, 11 of them against Gibraltar, but they led only 1-0 at half time in Saturday's game, thanks to Andre Schurrle, only for the floodgates to open up in the second half, and Löw (inset) had to wake up his players at the break.

"Yes, I had to put across my point," said Löw when asked if he had to 'raise his voice' in the dressing room at half time.

"But there was only one thing that needed discussing - clinical finishing. I wasn't able to accuse any player of a lack of dedication. But the chances that we left out, were bordering arrogance. That's why I told my players that I wanted to see some goals in the second half.

"In the first half we squandered a lot of chances, the 1-0 lead at half time was not satisfactory based on our attacking potential.

"We made life difficult on ourselves by not taking the chances."

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