Neuer makes comeback in surprise Germany defeat

The world champions suffered a friendly defeat

"In the first half we were too passive but in the second half we did much better", Schoepf said. "We let the Austrians get back in the game".

Germany chief coach Joachim Loew said: "It's a frustrating defeat because we didn't implement a lot of what we had talked about".

Loew last coached at club level in 2004, when he was at Austrian Vienna, and under his stewardship Germany has reached at least the semi-finals of every worldwide tournament since the 2006 World Cup. We lost the ball unbelievably often, there were so many turnovers.

Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (C) fails to save the ball during the global friendly footbal match Austria v Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria, on June 2, 2018.

It was Germany's fifth match without a win - their first such stretch since 1987-88 - and their first defeat to neighbors Austria for 32 years.

Germany started brightly and took the lead after kist 11 minutes, with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil capitalising on a poor clearance from goalkeeper Jörg Siebenhandl and producing a fine finish.

The match was delayed for over an hour due to inclement weather at the stadium.

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

There was little he could have done about Austria's equaliser though which came on 53-minutes following a sustained spell of pressure.

Ozil snapped up a poorly timed clearance kick from Joerg Siebenhandl and curled his shot back around the Austria goalkeeper to claim his 23rd goal in his 90th worldwide.

Ozil should have quickly made it two but shot straight at Siebenhand before Julian Brandt burst into the penalty area and poked an effort narrowly wide.

Neuer could only look on in amazement as Martin Hinteregger rifled in a spectacular first-time volley at the back post.

The injury was the key talking point after Belgium's 0-0 draw with Portugal as both sides showed attacking intent but no killer blow less than two weeks before the World Cup begins.

Germany's goalkeeper was in action less than 60 seconds later to superbly deny West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic.

The reigning world champions begin their defense against Mexico on June 17, and with the likes of Reus back in the squad for the competition, many have tipped Germany to retain their crown in Russian Federation.

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