Germany vs. Paraguay: 5 Things We Learned

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Germany vs. Paraguay: 5 Things We Learned
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Last night didn't exactly go to plan for Germany when they faced Paraguay in Kaiserlautern in their fourth friendly match of the year, as Joachim Loew continued to alter and change things for Die Mannschaft. 

Unfortunately such precautions were in vein as Paraguay proved worthy opponents for the world's second-highest-ranked national team in a vivid and balanced 3-3 draw. 

Yet the reaction that followed in the German press was far from balanced. Bild ran with the headline "The Chaos occurs against Paraguay" (German) across their homepage, alongside an editorial simply stating "Jogi, we are not very close behind" (German) while asking just how this side would have performed against top opposition. 

Kicker ran with a more composed headline of "Back liable, stable front: Loew's team rescues a 3:3" (German) along with a short run down of the interviews, highlighting Loew's understated "Elementary errors in the initial phase" (German), while Carsten Eberts summed things up rather well when he wrote in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, under the headline "Blatant error shocks Loew" (German), that "In the end it was 3-3. Three goals. Far too many."

For more analysis and opinions, click "Begin Slideshow" to see what five things we learned from last night's game. 

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