German coach Joachim Loew looks on in disgust after his team blew a four-goal lead. Pix: AP/Michael SohnBERLIN: Germany coach Joachim Low was left ruing defensive errors in the wake of their 4-4 draw with Sweden in a European Group C World Cup qualifier at Olypiastadion this morning.
He admitted that he is still in disbelief over the outcome of the match.
Goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mikael Lustig, Johan Elmander and Rasmus Elm erased Germany's four-goal lead and made it a game to forget for Low and his side.
The Germans scored through Miroslav Klose (two), Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil.
"To be honest, 10 minutes after the game, I cannot explain this," said Low.
"The first 60 minutes were amazing, we played very, very well. Then we let ourselves lose rhythm, it's unexplainable. There was no organization, we had problems with high balls and it is hard to say what happened there.
"The problem probably started in our heads. You lead 4-0 and you think everything goes your way. We made so many mistakes in the last 30 minutes. We have to analyze that. For me it is very difficult to say why we made this many errors.
"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."
German captain Philipp Lahm was also left devastated after the game and lamented their lack of concentration.
"When you're leading 4-0 and the match ends 4-4, something has gone wrong," he said.
"Obviously we were already finished with the match mentally. You concede one goal, you could concede two goals, and suddenly everything starts to fall apart.
"This can't happen. We'll sit down together and analyse everything."