Germany coach Joachim Loew was delighted with his side’s 2-1 win over Austria in Vienna on Friday to all but secure a place at Euro 2012.The win lifted the Germans seven points clear of Belgium on top of Group A, with Belgium having played one game more than the leaders.
While Loew acknowledged Germany were not at their best after a long Bundesliga season, the coach said they were happy to overcome a tough test and deal Austria’s qualification hopes a hammer blow.
“I am delighted that we won the match,” Loew said. “It’s good to come to Austria and get the three points even when we haven’t played so well.”
“Some players were clearly at the limit of their strengths – we made mistakes that could have been avoided.”
“Austria brought everything to this game. They were good and fought hard, and perceived this match as their last chance.”
“I am happy because it was fortunate, but also proud because the players wanted to win this game.”
Defender Philipp Lahm said the squad was pleased with the win, and insisted they were looking forward to securing full points against Azerbaijan on Tuesday before taking a well-earned break.
“We should talk again after Tuesday,” Lahm said. “We must win in Azerbaijan, but it is looking good for us.”
“We worked hard today and collected three points. Now after Tuesday we can reassess and then we’ll be able to go on holiday without any worries and I believe that qualification will then be all but assured.”