Germany coach Joachim Loew hails his side’s “mental strength” after coming from behind to beat Uruguay on Saturday.
The Germans brought a successful South Africa 2010 campaign to an end with a 3-2 victory over Oscar Tabarez’s men to claim a place on the World Cup podium.
And Loew believes his side more than matched expectations by doing so, thanks in no small part to the psychological toughness of his squad.
“In the second half, when we were forced to dig deep, we saw the mental strength the team had to resist and then snatch victory,” said Loew. “I’m pleased with that, the team deserves it. Altogether, what we’ve achieved, we never would have expected it eight or nine months ago.”