Thoroughly deserving victory: Loew

Trailing 2-1 early in the second half and with their two first-choice strikers and captain watching from the bench after being struck by flu, Germany levelled through Marcell Jansen and won it eight minutes from time with a Sami Khedira header.

“Both sides wanted the victory, both had great chances but when we were trailing we could see the strength of this team,” Loew told a news conference. “I'm so happy to see them turn it around, they thoroughly deserved to win.

“We knew it was important to finish off with a win, but champions rise again, we rose to the occasion again and my players are satisfied. Our objective was to travel to Soccer City (for the final), but tonight we saw so much joy.”

Despite bowing out to Spain in the semifinals Loew said there was no reason for dejection. “This World Cup was truly remarkable,” he said.

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