Germany’s Gundogan booed by own fans over meeting with Turkish president

Tanya Simon
June 11, 2018

"Today we missed a lot of chances, we were really open in defence and allowed too many counter-attacks from Saudi Arabia".

"I know that we have to improve, but when the tournament starts, we'll be ready".

Germany grabbed the lead after just eight minutes when a Joshua Kimmich long ball was beautifully controlled by Reus, who squared for Werner to fire home. "We'll be quicker and more dynamic with more power next week".

"For all the irritation we have now, we are one team, also in Germany with our fans", he said.

Ismaila Sarr had given the visitors a 48th-minute lead, only for the home side to respond with goals from Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic (63) and Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric (84).

Mesut Ozil, also of Turkish descent, made the visit with Gundogan for a photo opportunity with Erdogan , who is the subject of criticism from human rights groups and exiled Turkish citizens over his government's alleged systematic arrest of journalists, civil rights activists and political opponents.

First-half scores by striker Werner and an Omar Hawsawi own goal sealed the win as Germany were only rarely threatened by Saudi Arabia, who play hosts Russian Federation in the opening World Cup match in Moscow on Thursday.

"We played a good first half but our performance significantly decreased after the half time".

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There was frustration for Germany coach Joachim Low, as Ilkay Gundogan's every touch was booed for the second game in a row.

Loew gestured to supporters for applause but only some heeded his appeal.

"The fact that a national player is booed like that helps nobody", Loew told broadcaster ARD. Khedira forced Saudi goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf into a reflex save on 37 minutes, palming his shot onto the post. Especially after the world's all-time best goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn, took over as their goalkeeping coach, the Asian side would surely have a big responsibility up their sleeve to defend their goal against the likes of Timo Werner and Thomas Muller.

Germany's winless run ended with win over Saudi Arabia.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who came on for Manuel Neuer at the break, saved a late penalty from Al-Sahlawi but Taisir Al-Jassim followed up on the rebound.

Saudi Arabia's manager Juan Antonio Pizzi. Germany kicks off its title defense against Mexico three days later.

World champions Germany failed to hit top gear as they edged to a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia in a lacklustre World Cup dress rehearsal on Friday, less than a week before the tournament starts.

The hosts finally saw something count two minutes before half-time when defender Hawsawi turned a cross from Werner into his own net.

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