Klins­mann’s USA stun cham­pi­ons Ger­many

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Jur­gen Klins­mann’s USA shocked Ger­many with a 2-1 victory in Wed­nes­day’s friendly as the Stars and Stripes fol­lowed up their win over the Nether­lands by beat­ing the world cham­pi­ons.

Bobby Wood, who plays for Ger­many’s third di­vi­sion side Erzge­birge Aue, scored the win­ner just be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle to seal the Amer­i­cans’ de­served victory.

It capped a dream few days for the 22-year-old who also hit the win­ner when the USA fought back to stun the Nether­lands 4-3 in Am- ster­dam last Fri­day.

Again the USA fought back from a goal down to cap a strong dis­play as Ger­many suf­fered their third de­feat since win­ning the World Cup last year.

“That was a fun lit­tle game with a good end for us,” beamed Klins­mann, who has coached the USA since 2011 and steered Ger­many to third at the 2006 World Cup.

“My play­ers are very happy and the way things de­vel­oped in the sec­ond half, the victory was well de­served.

“This suc­cess will give Amer­i­can (soc­cer) even more at­ten­tion.”

The de­feat was not what Ger­many needed be­fore their Euro 2016 qual­i­fier on Satur­day when they face bot­tom side Gi­bral­tar away in Faro, Por­tu­gal, as they look to claim top spot in their group.

But af­ter their Dutch win, it was a con­fi­dence booster for the USA as they pre­pare to host the CON­CA­CAF Gold Cup next month.

“Our en­ergy lev­els dropped as the game went on and we couldn’t re­spond so well,” rued Ger­many coach Joachim Loew.

“If we had taken our chances at the start of the game, the USA would cer­tainly not have come back from two or three-nil down.”

Mario Goetze’s first-half goal for Ger­many in Cologne was can­celled out by Mikkel Diskerud’s equal­izer just be­fore the half-time break be­fore Wood struck the de­ci­sive blow late on.

“That was in­con­ve­nient, we must play bet­ter (soc­cer) on Satur­day, then we won’t get into trou­ble again,” said Goetze.

It was Klins­mann’s sec­ond win over his for­mer side Ger­many, coached by his for­mer as­sis­tant Loew, af­ter Amer­ica’s friendly win in Wash­ing­ton in 2013.

But Loew’s team won when in mat­tered in the group stages in Brazil last year.

Af­ter a bright start, es­pe­cially from debu­tant Pa­trick Herrmann, Ger­many took the lead when Bay­ern Mu­nich’s Goetze hit his third in­ter­na­tional goal since netting the win­ner in the World Cup fi­nal.

Herrmann fin­ished a blis­ter­ing run by cut­ting in from the right wing and rolled a pass across the box for the un­marked Goetze to fire home on 13 min­utes.

But the Stars and Stripes de­servedly drew level on 41 min­utes when mid­fielder Michael Bradley, a for­mer Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach player put in a su­perb di­ag­o­nal pass.

It found Oslo-born Diskerud in space and the winger fired past Ger­many’s sec­ond-choice goal­keeper Ron-Robert Zieler with Manuel Neuer rested.

Loew made changes soon af­ter the break with Sami Khedira, whose trans­fer from Real Madrid to Ju­ven­tus was an­nounced on Tues­day, tak­ing over from Ger­many cap­tain Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger.

The USA, who reached the last 16 of Brazil 2014, fin­ished the stronger with only a re­flex save from Zieler deny­ing Bradley’s thun­der­bolt strike from the edge of the area with ten min­utes left.

Bradley started the move which led to Honolulu- born Wood’s win­ner as he held off Shko­dran Mustafi’s chal­lenge to beat Zieler from out­side the area just be­fore the whis­tle as the Hawai­ian-na­tive punched his shot home.

Khedira hit the cross­bar in in­jury time as Ger­many chased in vain for an equal­izer to spare their blushes.

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