Austria defeat Germany first time in 32 years

Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer

Germany have failed to win all five of their friendlies since securing their spot in Russian Federation - the latest of which was a 2-1 defeat to the Austrians, who recovered from going behind to a Mesut Ozil goal.

Neuer's chances of going to the World Cup as Low's first choice goalkeeper appeared to be boosted after he was handed the number one shirt when Die Mannschaft's squad numbers were confirmed.

Loew declined to comment when a poll by national broadcaster ZDF showed the majority of German fans would rather see Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen than Neuer play at the World Cup.

"I will talk to Manuel tomorrow. He hasn't had problems in the match or in training this week".

Austria grew into the game, while Germany became more sloppy as the action went on, and although Joachim Low's charges went ahead at the break, they were pegged back on 53 minutes.

Despite the concern over the German's back injury, which was picked up several months ago, Germany assistant manager Thomas Schneider is confident that Ozil will be ready come the start of the tournament. He played for 76 minutes before being replaced by Julian Draxler.

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.

At the other end, Neuer made his first save on 16 minutes to deny attacking midfielder Schoepf.

Eight minutes inot the second half, the home side leveled matters as Martin Hinteregger found the back of the net with a fine volley at the far post.

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Neuer then made a key save by pushing Florian Grillitsch's shot around the post on 32 minutes as it was 1-0 to Germany at the break.

"Of course, the defeat angers me", he said. "We didn't execute many things we had planned", Low said. We won't fool ourselves.

"They will demand a lot from us".

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

Germany are now without a win in their last five matches and their defeat to Austria was a first for the country in 32 years.

After officials undertook three separate pitch inspections, the game finally started an hour and 45 minutes later than originally scheduled.

Austria's match-winner still sees Germany as among the favourites to defend their world title in Russian Federation.

Austria players celebrate after scoring their first goal during a friendly soccer match between Austria and Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria, Saturday, June 2, 2018.

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