Germany beaten by Austria 2-1 on Neuer's return

International Friendly Report: Austria v Germany 02 June 2018

The Bayern Munich goalkeeper's first appearance since suffering a foot injury in September had looked in jeopardy after heavy rain hit Klagenfurt shortly before kick-off. The 32-year-old underwent an MRI scan the day after the match which confirmed that he is fit to travel to Russian Federation for this summer's tournament.

Germany chief coach Joachim Loew said: "It's a frustrating defeat because we didn't implement a lot of what we had talked about".

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer catches a ball as hail falls during warmup before a friendly soccer match between Austria and Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria, Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Loew has said he will only take Neuer to Russian Federation as his first-choice 'keeper. They have not won a game since October, drawing with England, France and Spain and losing to Brazil and now Austria since beating Azerbaijan.

Neuer pulled of a string of saves earlier this week when he helped the Germany Under-20 team restrict their margin of defeat to the senior team to just 2-0. He played for 76 minutes before being replaced by Julian Draxler.

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Loew left out World Cup winners Thomas Mueller, Toni Kroos, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, but the Germans only controlled the rain-delayed game for the first half an hour.

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"I'm planning to use all my substitutions against Austria", added Loew, with a maximum six permitted. "We have a lot to work on over the next two weeks".

Whether or not he includes Neuer, Loew said he knows he still has to disappoint "burst some World Cup dreams".

The loss on Saturday evening was the last match before the final 23-man World Cup squad announcement on Monday, according to the German football federation's website.

The game would in defeat for the Germans, a result which Loew will no doubt be hoping gives his charges a kick up the backside ahead of Russian Federation.

Team director Oliver Bierhoff insisted the slip-up does not reflect the quartet set to miss out on a place at Russian Federation.

Germany, who will also face Saudi Arabia at the BayArena before beginning the defence of their title against Mexico with their Group F opener on June 17 in Moscow, started the match brightly but struggled to create many chances.

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