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Moscow win delights Low

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Joachim Lowe hailed Germany's discipline and calmness after they secured World Cup qualification against Russia.

Germany coach hails team after qualification is secured

Germany coach Joachim Low hailed his side's disciplined performance after they secured a crucial 1-0 win over Russia in Moscow. The result secured automatic World Cup qualification as Russia were consigned to second place and will have to come through the play-offs. Even though a draw would have probably been enough for the three-time world champions with only a home clash with Finland still to come, Low was always aiming for three points. He said: "I am very happy with the result. We have worked very hard all week and came here with no intention of playing for a draw. We only wanted to win. "It was a disciplined performance. We defended excellently and played on the counter attack often with three, four or five players going forward.

Good play

"We are extremely satisfied with the result. At Euro 2008 we didn't show such good play but we are beginning to show that now." After Miroslav Klose had put the visitors ahead in the first half, goalkeeper Rene Adler produced a series of brilliant saves to prevent Russia from drawing level. Low singled out the 24-year-old Bayer Leverkusen shot-stopper for high praise after the match. "Big compliments to Adler, and not only for the effort he has put in over the last week," he added. "It was only his seventh international game, he does not have much experience and it was especially difficult for him to come here to Russia for such a decisive match. "He was completely calm and took it all in his stride. He reacted very well to some good Russian moves and overall looked very solid."
Penalty appeal
Despite losing the opportunity to put themselves in pole position to win the group, Russia boss Guus Hiddink was happy with his team's display. The veteran manager claimed that the result could have been different if Andrey Arshavin had been awarded a penalty when he went to ground after a challenge from Heiko Westermann. "I think despite the loss today we can be satisfied with our attacking play. We showed a lot of character, particularly in the second half," Hiddink said. "Had we won the Arshavin penalty, which I have been told was a 100 per cent penalty, we would have been more determined in the last five or six minutes. "The German team did not attack too much. They played on the counter attack, which is okay - it's their tactic. "We can be happy with the performance. If we play like this we have the chance to qualify in November for the finals and if we play like we did tonight we can be dangerous for any opponent."

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