Loew hails German mentality after late-goal drama
Joachim Loew praised his side's morale and winning mentality after snatching a
late 3-2 victory over Turkey to reach the Euro 2008 final, dpa reported.
"We are hugely happy to have won this semi-final. It is a great feeling. It was an amazing fight and incredibly dramatic," he said.
"After Turkey levelled at 2-2 we had the morale to get forward and score."
Loew praised the Turkish team who had taken the lead, only to go behind and again score a late goal from Semih Senturk, who struck in the 86th minute to level at 2-2.
However, three-time winners Germany fought back to score a winner through defender Philipp Lahm in the 90th minute to reach a sixth European final.
"It was a hard-fought battle, and the Turkish team were outstanding," Loew said.
"They are a technically good team if you allow them to play, which was why it was very difficult for us to get a grip on the game in some phases. We scored three goals, and that was decisive."
Loew chose the same formation that started in Germany's 3-2 quarter-final victory over Portugal, retaining a 4-2-3-1 system rather than his customary 4-4-2, but his five-man midfield failed to control the Turks, who had the better of the exchanges.
"We lost possession quite a lot right from the start and took ourselves out of the game," Loew said.
"A second player up front would have done us good. I have to say we weren't compact in midfield. There were a few spaces there, and the Turks combined well.
"Today we certainly showed this (winning) mentality. It was really difficult to cope with their goal for 2-2. That the team hit right back shows their morale, and then it was a classy, well-made goal."
Turkey had taken the lead in the 22nd minute through Ugur Boral, only for Bastian Schweinsteiger to equalize four minutes later.
Lahm, who had earlier provided the cross for Miroslav Klose to head Germany in front in the 79th minute, won the man-of-the-match award.
He said his winning goal was the most important of his international career.
"I got a good first touch and then scored the goal. There's a lot of emotion that comes out," he said.
"After going out of the 2006 (World Cup) semi-final (to Italy), we are delighted to have made it to the final."