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Austria 2-1 Germany

Alessandro Schopf
Alessandro Schopf's goal gave Austria a first win over Germany in 10 meetings

Germany captain Manuel Neuer's comeback ended in defeat by Austria in a friendly delayed by 105 minutes because of heavy rain in Klagenfurt.

Goalkeeper Neuer, out since September with a broken foot, returned just 15 days before his country's World Cup defence begins against Mexico.

Mesut Ozil pounced on a goalkeeping error to give Germany the lead.

But Martin Hinteregger equalised with a superb angled volley before Alessandro Schopf steered in the winner.

It ensured Austria their first win over Germany in 32 years and maintained Franco Foda's 100% record since becoming their coach last November.

Below-par Germany suffer a washout

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil's goal was his 23rd for his country

Germany head coach Joachim Low rested Bayern Munich pair Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels, along with Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, in order to give them time to recover at the end of a demanding club season.

It looked for a while as if the rest of Low's squad would be given the night off too as a downpour put the game in doubt.

Czech referee Pavel Kralovec carried out a number of pitch inspections - with the kick-off put back three times - before finally deciding that play could start.

Low took the chance to check on the depth of his squad, with Freiburg striker Nils Petersen making his international debut at the age of 29, but doing little to strengthen his claims to displace Timo Werner from the starting line-up in Russia.

Germany rather lost their way after a strong start, with Bayern full-back Joshua Kimmich looking very uncertain as he played several loose passes out of defence.

Ozil showed his capacity to amaze and frustrate - his well-taken early goal was steered in after he was presented with the ball by goalkeeper Jorg Siebenhandl's awful clearance.

But the Arsenal forward's influence faded after the opening 20 minutes, with one weak second-half free-kick, straight into the Austria wall, a particularly sloppy contribution, and he was taken off in the closing stages.

Austria - who failed to qualify for the World Cup after finishing behind Serbia, the Republic of Ireland and Wales in their group - recovered well from a sluggish start, and were rewarded for taking the game to their opponents.

Bayern Munich's David Alaba, playing in a left-sided attacking role, was instrumental in their comeback, playing incisive passes and taking the corner from which Hinteregger somehow volleyed past Neuer from the tightest of angles.

Germany coach Low said: "I am not upset about the loss, not upset about losing the game, I am upset about the way we lost it.

"It was our own fault, because after taking the lead we controlled the game, but right before the break and the first 15 to 20 minutes after the break we weren't in the game at all. We lost the ball unbelievably often, there were so many turnovers.

"We are not used to that from our team. We let the Austrians get back in the game."

Neuer gets back in the groove

Manuel Neuer
Manuel Neuer was playing for the first time since appearing for Bayern Munich against Mainz on 16 September

Neuer was arguably the player of the tournament at the last World Cup, even though he lost out to Argentina playmaker Lionel Messi in the official vote, and his return from injury has come at a good time for Germany.

He looked a little rusty at first, with one scuffed clearance presenting Schopf with a chance that the goalkeeper recovered to gather.

As the game went on, Neuer rediscovered his rhythm, re-adjusting his feet well to save Florian Grillitsch's shot towards the near post in the first half, and diving bravely to block Marko Arnautovic after Alaba's sublime pass had played the West Ham forward clear.

Neuer could not be blamed for either Austria goal - Hinteregger's volley was brilliantly taken, while Schopf's winner was steered coolly into the corner of the net after Stefan Lainer cushioned Julian Baumgartlinger's far-post cross into the midfielder's path.

The goalkeeper will have one more chance to get some pre-World Cup minutes under his belt when Germany face Saudi Arabia in a friendly in Leverkusen on Friday when Low will want a much better performance from his side.

Line-ups

Austria

  • 12Siebenhandl
  • 3Dragovic
  • 15Prödl
  • 4Hinteregger
  • 21Lainer
  • 14Baumgartlinger
  • 20GrillitschSubstituted forIlsankerat 79'minutes
  • 8Alaba
  • 18SchöpfSubstituted forBauerat 76'minutes
  • 16ZuljSubstituted forKainzat 88'minutes
  • 7ArnautovicSubstituted forBurgstallerat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lindner
  • 2Potzmann
  • 5Wimmer
  • 6Ilsanker
  • 9Alar
  • 10Schaub
  • 17Kainz
  • 19Burgstaller
  • 22Danso
  • 23Bauer
  • 24Schlager
  • 25Hierländer

Germany

  • 1Neuer
  • 18Kimmich
  • 26Süle
  • 16Rüdiger
  • 3Hector
  • 6KhediraSubstituted forRudyat 45'minutes
  • 21GündoganSubstituted forGoretzkaat 56'minutes
  • 20BrandtSubstituted forWernerat 67'minutes
  • 10ÖzilSubstituted forDraxlerat 76'minutes
  • 19SanéSubstituted forReusat 67'minutes
  • 25PetersenSubstituted forGomezat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Plattenhardt
  • 4Ginter
  • 7Draxler
  • 9Werner
  • 11Reus
  • 12Leno
  • 14Goretzka
  • 15Rudy
  • 22ter Stegen
  • 23Gomez
  • 24Tah
  • 27Trapp
Referee:
Pavel Kralovec
Attendance:
29,200

Match Stats

Home TeamAustriaAway TeamGermany
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Austria 2, Germany 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Austria 2, Germany 1.

Julian Draxler (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Julian Baumgartlinger (Austria).

Sebastian Rudy (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moritz Bauer (Austria).

Substitution

Substitution, Austria. Florian Kainz replaces Peter Zulj.

Joshua Kimmich (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Zulj (Austria).

Jonas Hector (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moritz Bauer (Austria).

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Moritz Bauer.

Attempt blocked. Mario Gomez (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Timo Werner with a cross.

Corner, Austria. Conceded by Joshua Kimmich.

Substitution

Substitution, Austria. Guido Burgstaller replaces Marko Arnautovic.

Offside, Germany. Sebastian Rudy tries a through ball, but Marco Reus is caught offside.

Offside, Germany. Marco Reus tries a through ball, but Timo Werner is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Timo Werner (Germany) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marco Reus with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Austria. Stefan Ilsanker replaces Florian Grillitsch because of an injury.

Joshua Kimmich (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Peter Zulj (Austria).

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Julian Draxler replaces Mesut Özil.

Substitution

Substitution, Austria. Moritz Bauer replaces Alessandro Schöpf.

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Mario Gomez replaces Nils Petersen.

Mesut Özil (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aleksandar Dragovic (Austria).

Mesut Özil (Germany) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stefan Lainer (Austria).

Offside, Germany. Sebastian Rudy tries a through ball, but Jonas Hector is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Austria 2, Germany 1. Alessandro Schöpf (Austria) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Lainer.

Foul by Leon Goretzka (Germany).

Peter Zulj (Austria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Timo Werner replaces Julian Brandt.

Substitution

Substitution, Germany. Marco Reus replaces Leroy Sané.

Attempt missed. Peter Zulj (Austria) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alessandro Schöpf.

Attempt blocked. Mesut Özil (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Leroy Sané (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sebastian Prödl (Austria).

Corner, Austria. Conceded by Julian Brandt.

Foul by Nils Petersen (Germany).

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