Neuer finally makes Germany comeback but bad weather delays kick-off against Austria

International Friendly Report: Austria v Germany 02 June 2018

The match was delayed due to torrential rain in Klagenfurt, Austria, but it did not seem to affect Germany, who took the lead through a Mesut Ozil goal after just 11 minutes.

The Austrians deservedly got back on level terms early in the second-half, courtesy of a fine volley from defender Martin Hinteregger after a looping David Alaba corner.

First-half goals from Gary Cahill and captain Harry Kane helped England beat Nigeria 2-1.

German national football team goalkeeper Manuel Neuer stretches to catch the ball during a test match on May 30, 2018 ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation.

Austria's midfielder Alessandro Schoepf celebrates scoring with his team-mates defender Aleksandar Dragovic and defender Stefan Lainer during the global friendly footbal match Austria v Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria, on June 2, 2018.

Low's men seemed to fall asleep in the second half following Ozil's opener, and Austria were the far hungrier and determined team after the break.

Low made a raft of substitutions in the closing stages, but none of the changes had the desired impact as Germany's World Cup preparations suffered an unlikely setback.

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It was Germany's first defeat against neighboring Austria in 32 years, and it left the team still winless in 2018 after three games.

There was little he could have done about Austria's equaliser though which came on 53-minutes following a sustained spell of pressure.

Ozil's languid nature and laid-back body language make him an easy target for criticism.

Mexico, who play a final warm-up against Denmark in Copenhagen next Saturday, were far superior to a team that have not qualified for a major tournament since 1998 and who fielded an inexperienced and experimental side.

A much-changed but strong German eleven took to the field in Klagenfurt, which as well as a return for Neuer saw striker Nils Petersen make his debut for Germany up front. We had a second opportunity with Julian Brandt.

Once Germany fell behind they had few chances to equalise, and Austria looked the more unsafe side on the break.

Germany play their final friendly before Russian Federation 2018 when they host Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen next Friday with their opening World Cup match against Mexico in Moscow on June 17 having also drawn South Korea and Sweden in Group F.

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