Fiji Time: 4:08 AM on Thursday 27 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Germany retains trio

Afp
Sunday, June 29, 2014

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil - German coach Joachim Loew has hinted he will stick with a Bayern Munich-based midfield for Tuesday's last 16 World Cup clash against Algeria.

The Germans finished top of Group G by grinding out a 1-0 win over the USA with Thomas Mueller's winner leaving him joint top-scorer with four goals.

The victory pits the Germans against Algeria in Porto Alegre for a place in the Rio de Janeiro quarter-final against Nigeria or France.

Loew was particularly delighted with Bastian Schweinsteiger's return to the starting line-up alongside captain Philipp Lahm in Germany's defensive midfield.

The Bayern pair linked well with their club team mate Toni Kroos in the attacking midfield role against the USA.

"Schweinsteiger was very strong, all things considered," said Loew, who kept Sami Khedira on the bench against the USA.

"The midfield with Kroos, Schweinsteiger and Lahm was very good, always ready to play the ball and varied the tactics well."

Schweinsteiger spent the opening two World Cup games on the bench after suffering from tendinitis of the knee at the end of the season.

Having played for 76 minutes against the USA, Schweinsteiger made way for Bayern team-mate Mario Goetze as Loew boosted his attack in the closing stages.

While Lahm said he would welcome Schweinsteiger again as his midfield partner, even Khedira praised his rival's performance in the number six position.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Couple return to Fiji after almost a decade
  2. Indecent jokes warning
  3. Medal for a saviour
  4. Man behind the change
  5. Ryan departs for Dubai ahead of sevens team
  6. Nanai-Williams opts for Samoa over New Zealand
  7. The real deal
  8. Eighteen receive Order of Fiji
  9. $67.7m expected
  10. Maritime travel advice

Top Stories this Week

  1. Modi-fied Thursday (20 Nov)
  2. PM says sorry Thursday (20 Nov)
  3. WHAT FIJI WILL GET Thursday (20 Nov)
  4. Big cheer for a PM of good tidings Thursday (20 Nov)
  5. Budget Friday (21 Nov)
  6. Deal on NZ jobs Monday (24 Nov)
  7. Stop the bickering Tuesday (25 Nov)
  8. No regrets Tuesday (25 Nov)
  9. Patel guilty of abuse Friday (21 Nov)
  10. President Xi leaves impression on leaders Monday (24 Nov)