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Löw and Neuer lament missed chances despite win

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Germany coach Joachim Löw and captain Manuel Neuer were delighted to come away with all three points against Romania on Sunday, but bemoaned missed opportunities.
Joachim Löw.
Joachim Löw.Photo: Granada, CC-by-SA 4.0
Germany followed up on their comfortable 3-0 victory against Iceland with a narrow 1-0 win over Romania on Sunday to make it six points out of six in their World Cup qualification campaign.

Despite the win, head coach Joachim Löw and captain Manuel Neuer weren't completely satisfied after Germany missed several gilt-edged opportunities to kill the game off following Serge Gnabry's first-half opener.

"Romania were comparatively a better side than Iceland. Overall, we did well without the ball and put together some good moves too," Löw said after the final whistle.

"If there is one thing to criticize, then that would be our chance conversion rate. We could have made it easier for ourselves really. The important thing, though, is that we got the points so we can still be satisfied," he added.

Neuer commented:

"It was hard work tonight. We should have killed the game off earlier and then we wouldn't have been in danger at the end. We need to score the second and third goals to be able to relax more. We were lacking that coolness and cleverness in front of goal. My goalkeeping counterpart did really well though."

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