Germany boss Joachim Low claims he never had that "Sweden feeling" in their 4-1 FIFA World Cup™ qualifier victory at home to Kazakhstan, despite a relaxed second-half performance which allowed the visitors to score and create a host of chances.
Goals from the Borussia Dortmund contingence of Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Ilkay Guendogan put the hosts in a dominant position inside eight minutes, before Bundesliga-based Heinrich Schmidtgal punished a rare mistake from Manuel Neuer immediately after the interval.
But Marco Reus' injury-time strike sealed a victory which leaves Germany in a commanding position at the top of Group C.
We should have scored more goals, but I never had a Sweden feeling.
The second-half performance from Low's side stirred nervous memories of Germany's four-goal capitulation at the hands of Sweden in an earlier FIFA World Cup qualifier, yet Low remained confident on the touchline against Kazakhstan. "We should have scored more goals, but I never had a Sweden feeling," said the Germany coach.
Captain Philipp Lahm echoed Low's confidence and called for calm among some critical post-match analysis. "I don't think our second half was that bad. We still created lots of chances. This team is capable of wrapping games up early," he said.
The double over Kazakhstan in the past few days means Germany top Group C with 16 points, double that of second-placed Austria.