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'We avoided 99 of those long balls but the 100th was one too many' - Löw

The Germany head coach wasn’t happy with his team’s finishing or Ireland’s tactics.

World Cup-winning coach Löw.
World Cup-winning coach Löw.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

GERMANY HEAD COACH Joachim Löw Ireland has criticised Ireland for their route one tactics after watching his side lose 1-0 in Dublin.

The 2014 World Cup winners enjoyed 72% possession and racked up 16 shots to Ireland’s five, but somehow managed to suffer defeat for the second time in this campaign.

“It was one of the most unnecessary defeats we have suffered in recent years,” Löw said in his post-match press conference.

It was to be expected that we would face nine or ten players behind the ball and Ireland hitting long, hopeful balls. They only had one opportunity to score.

“We created loads of chances but wasted too many of them. Against opponents like this we needed to score. We avoided 99 of those long balls but the 100th was one too many.”

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