Germany held in Swedish stalemate
Star names were missing from both sides, with
"I am very pleased with the performance," said Low after the match. "It was very quickly clear that it was going to be a game of patience. The Swedes put lots of men behind the ball and waited for us to attack, they didn't attack like you would expect a home team to."
"I was really pleased with those who made their debuts and those who were making their second appearances. Lewis Holtby worked hard in training from the first moment he joined the squad and convinced me he was ready to make his debut.
"This year has seen the development I was hoping for, we have seen some quality football with 'Made in Germany' stamped all over it," concluded Low.
Things started slowly, neither side getting the ball into the danger area in the opening minutes.
A 13th minute corner from Sebastien Schweinsteiger forced Swedish goalkeeper
With 20 minutes gone things had not improved much, a series of free-kicks failing to open the game up. Westermann was proving effective in clearing Sweden's attempted attacks but after 27 minutes the hosts finally created something.
Larsson was the provider, crossing for Pontus Wernbloom who could only manage a weak shot that bobbled wide from 12 yards. That spurred on
There was one change at the interval,
After an hour
The substitutions continued at regular intervals thereafter, increasing the sense that both sides were happy with a stalemate. As such there were few genuine chances in the last half an hour as the game fizzled out to a low-quality draw.