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Loew shocked by 4-4 draw

Created on 17 Oct., 2012 1:15 AM GMT

Germany coach Joachim Loew was left in disbelief in the wake of his side's stunning 4-4 draw on Tuesday.

Germany were dismantled late in the second half after Mesut Ozil had put them 4-0 up in the 56th minute, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mikael Lustig, Johan Elmander and Rasmus Elm capping a remarkable turnaround in Berlin.

The draw marked Germany's first points dropped in World Cup qualifying and left the home supporters stunned.

"To be honest, 10 minutes after the game, I cannot explain this," Loew said.

"The first 60 minutes were amazing, we played very, very well. Then we let ourselves lose rhythm, it's unexplainable.

"There was no organisation, we had problems with high balls and it is hard to say what happened there.

Asked what triggered the collapse, Low felt it was more complacency that led to defensive errors than anything else.

"The problem probably started in our heads. You lead 4-0 and you think everything goes your way," he said.

"We made so many mistakes in the last 30 minutes. We have to analyse that. For me it is very difficult to say why we made this many errors.

Having dispatched Ireland 6-1 in Dublin on Friday, Loew was adamant his side would overcome the setback.

"The team started both matches full of concentration. We were very strong against Ireland and we started strong against Sweden.

"Now we are extremely disappointed but this match won't take us off our track."

Ibrahimovic headed home in the 62nd minute to stem the tide and Celtic's Lustig rattled in a second moments later.

Elmander finished neatly to jangle German nerves before Elm volleyed home in stoppage to seal what Sweden boss Erik Hamren described as an 'historic' draw.

"It was still a strange feeling in the dressing room, it's not every day on the international stage that you come back for a 4-4 draw having been 4-0 down," Hamren said.

"To come to Germany and get a point against one of the best teams in the world is incredible.

"It is something historical, I am very proud of my team and the way they reacted."

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