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Saturday, 15 June, 2002, 11:52 GMT 12:52 UK
Relief mixed with realism
German fans have a message for their goalkeeper and captain
German fans have a message for their goalkeeper

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"Yes, yes, yes, 1-0!! Germany rejoices!"

German tabloid Bild was certainly celebrating after the win against Paraguay, only to add that "it was very, very hard work . . . we had to tremble right up to the final whistle".

But the narrowness of the victory in a largely unremarkable game did not stop the paper posting a graphic of a map of Germany jumping up and down on its website.

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Fortunate but not undeserved - there is still a spanner in the works
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Kicker magazine

Whether this was out of joy or relief was not clear.

Bild, along with other German newspapers, complained that the team had no real match plan.

"Germany totters into the quarter-finals" was how Munich's Sueddeutsche Zeitung saw it.

The paper said the German team put in "a mediocre performance again".

Neither side had any real ideas, the first half was awful, the second slightly better but still "boring".

The football magazine Kicker said the German win was "fortunate, but not undeserved".

It added that, while the Germans put in a lot of effort, there is still "a spanner in the works".

Kicker identified the problem: "The German team lacked someone with ideas in midfield. The only one with any creativity was Bernd Schneider, but even he couldn't give Voller's men any direction."

The Munich magazine Focus said the match was between "two technically limited teams".

Paraguay showed up Germany's "big failing - not being able to control a game".


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