Low hails German wonder-year
Germany coach Joachim Low was full of compliments for his side after tonight's 3-0 win over the Dutch brought the curtain down on a successful year.
Having completed a remarkable record of ten wins from ten games in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2012, Germany swept aside one of their main rivals for the title in Poland and Ukraine next summer, leaving Low with something to celebrate after his 75th game in charge.
"I have got to pay my team a huge compliment," he told ZDF television. "At times, the Dutch were overwhelmed. We can be very happy, not only with this game, but with the entire year.
"We have played with such enjoyment and ease and combined so well," he went on. "The midfield and attack worked particularly well and the Dutch rarely got into any dangerous positions. Holland had no chance today."
The game was a pleasure to watch for most of the 51,500 fans inside the HSV-Arena, and Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil said it was a pleasure to be involved in.
"The whole team enjoyed themselves tonight," he said. "We desperately wanted to win it. The Dutch had no chance and we have shown that this team has the potential to challenge for the EURO 2012 title."
Hamburg's Dennis Aogo added that there is no getting away from the fact that Germany would be one of the favourites for the title next summer.
"There is still a long way to go before the European Championships, but when we play like we did today against such a big opponent, then it is very hard not to be regarded as the favourites," he said.