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German Players Shrug Off Loss To Norway

A 1-0 home defeat to Norway in an exhibition game is nothing to get too worked up about, according to members of the German national team. "It's not so dramatic," said midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger of the Germans' first defeat to Norway in 73 years. "The defeat's not the end of the world. We're not machines."
And defender Philipp Lahm added that the players were always missing "five or ten percent" in a friendly game, although, as the newspaper points out, that missing percentage was enough to usher in defeat against a team that failed to win a single game in 2008, and which is in last place in its World Cup qualifying group, behind Iceland, Macedonia and Scotland. Oh, and Norway was also without most of its first-choice players.
"No courage, no passion, no ideas," is the paper's judgment on the German performance. "I don't think that they consciously spared themselves," said coach Joachim Loew in his players' defense. The team found "no offensive solutions," but they learned from the game "what we will do in the future and what not." Taken with the last friendly against England in November, a 2-1 home defeat, Loew should now have plenty of ideas about how he doesn't want his team to play.

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