LEIPZIG - Germany coach Joachim Loew said he would keep faith with striker Mario Gomez who failed to score again in their 4-0 win over tiny Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday. Gomez has not netted for his country since March last year against Switzerland, a run of 13 matches, including throughout their Euro 2008 campaign which ended with a defeat in the final against Spain. "It is not a tragedy," Loew said. "What is unfortunate are those whistles when he missed his chances. His finish was a bit unfortunate today," Loew said. Gomez, who has scored six goals in 22 matches for Germany, was paired with striker Lukas Podolski after Miroslav Klose was ruled out injured but the VfB Stuttgart striker missed several clear chances, prompting whistles and boos from the stands. "He is a very good young player with great qualities who is going through a low period. He needs the support of our fans," Loew said. Gomez has not stopped scoring for his club with 14 goals in the league this season. Germany, who top Group Four on 13 points from five matches, ahead of Russia who have nine points with a game in hand, next play Wales in Cardiff on April 1. Loew said Gomez could again start against the Welsh, who lost 2-0 to Finland. "Wales will be looking for a reaction after this result and will need to play more open if they want to have a chance to qualify." "We will have to see who is fit but overall it is quite imaginable (that Gomez starts)," he said. Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who scored Germany's third goal against Liechtenstein, also backed Gomez. "I think we need such a player. He is very gifted. I think it was a pity that the fans whistled." "He is obviously sad not to have scored but I told him that he will score significant goals with the quality he has," Schweinsteiger said.
28 March 2009
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