Loew takes blame
Germany coach Joachim Loew has admitted making mistakes during his team's 4-4 draw with Sweden in last week's World Cup qualifier after the Germans threw away a four-goal lead.
Germany were 4-0 up at Berlin's Olympic Stadium with more than an hour played before the hosts' defence folded in the final 30 minutes as Sweden roared back to claim a point last Tuesday.
Midfielder Rasmus Elm wrote himself into Swedish football folklore with the dramatic right-footed equaliser in the 93rd minute to leave Sweden second in Group C, three points behind leaders Germany, but with a game in hand.
It was the first time in the 104-year history of the German Football Federation (DFB) that a four-goal lead has been surrendered and the first time in three years Germany had dropped points in a qualifying match.
Loew, whose team face the Netherlands in a friendly in Amsterdam next month, admits he could have done better and can understand criticism levelled at him.
"Of course I can, absolutely," Loew said in an interview with SID, an AFP subsidiary.
"I also couldn't believe the game was turning.
"Maybe I could have sent out a signal by making a substitution, with a defensive man who could have provided some relief to the team.
“I had also not experienced something like this in 20 years. I will also learn from this."