Germany's 7-0 win over Gibraltar was not received by the local press in an excited manner. Indeed, the one-goal first-half did not impress them at all.
The FAZ used the headline: "Strong finish leads to comfortable victory" and explained that "the Germany team were initially disappointing in the final competitive game of the season but then improved. The first half was one to forget. [Jérôme] Boateng, [Bastian] Schweinsteiger and [Mario] Götze were making mistakes and misplacing passes from the onset, which typified a lethargic early performance." The paper also highlighted that only a small percentage of the 30,000 people living in Gibraltar play football, whereas the German Football Association (DFB) has 7 million members in a country of 80 million.
Joachim Löw on Germany's 7-0 win in Gibraltar: "Today's performance was a typical one in as much as they didn't take all the chances they had. I was surprised by the way Gibraltar stood out today as they took a lot of courage to playin that manner and by the chances they managed to have to score. We weren't happy with our game in the first half, especially because we were missing chances, after the break we were clearly clinical. In the autumn we will get the necessary points to qualify for the European Championship in France."
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