Loew warns rivals

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Monday, June 18th, 2012

Joachim Loew has warned Germany’s Euro 2012 rivals there is more to come from his side after they clinched their place in the last eight with a 2-1 win over Denmark.

The 2008 finalists completed their Group B campaign with a perfect record. However, the Germany boss insisted his side can improve ahead of the knockout stage.

“We showed maturity in the second half, but we can still improve. We lacked the killer instinct,” Loew said.

Germany dominated the match in Lviv but were made to work hard for the win by the plucky Danes, who were chasing the result they needed to defy sport betting odds and reach the quarter-finals.

Lukas Podolski, playing in his 100th international, gave Germany the lead in the 19th minute. Denmark responded positively and hit back through Michael Krohn-Dehli six minutes later.

Lars Bender ended Denmark’s qualification hopes late on when he broke forward and rolled the ball home.

“The match was just as tough as we thought it would be,” Loew added.

“We lacked the killer instinct in the first half, which would have made it easier, and then Denmark scored. We knew we could have gone out if we had gone behind, so nerves crept in.”

Despite their dominance in Group B, Germany came close to going out of the competition. With Portugal leading the Netherlands going into the last 20 minutes, one goal for Denmark would have sent the Germans home.

Loew insisted he was never concerned and had full faith in his side’s ability to win soccer games.

“I was pretty relaxed because it doesn’t get you anywhere when you panic. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira were always in control and I just had the feeling we would score,” he said.

Germany will now face Greece in the last eight in Gdansk on Friday.

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