Joachim Low has called on Germany to bounce back from their shock defeat to Poland in Tuesday’s vital game with the Republic of Ireland.
The World Cup champions were beaten 2-0 by Poland as second half goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Sebastian Mila in Warsaw condemned Germany to a first defeat in 19 competitive matches.
Since beating Argentina in July’s World Cup final, Germany have struggled for consistency. They were defeated 4-2 by Argentina in a friendly before scraping to a 2-1 win over Scotland in their opening qualifier.
After the defeat to Poland, it leaves Germany sitting fourth in Group D, behind Poland, Ireland and Scotland. Low’s side face Ireland in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday and the manager has demanded a positive reaction from his troops.
The head coach admits the defeat to Poland was the result of failing to convert chances. Germany had a total of 22 attempts on goal yet failed to make a breakthrough and were made to regret such profligacy as Poland scored with their first shot on goal.
Germany have an immediate opportunity to make amends and get their qualification campaign back on track with the visit of Ireland on Tuesday.
Low told RTL: “One little thing went wrong: we were too wasteful with our chances. The finishing touch was missing, that’s why we did not score a goal.
“But I was absolutely satisfied with our style of play. We created many chances and Poland scored with their first dangerous attack.
“After a loss you must look for a reaction. We have to get our strength back and we must win the match on Tuesday. Republic of Ireland will play in the same way, they will be playing defensively.”