Low hints on keeping Neuer in goal: “You can assume that”

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 20: Manuel Neuer of Germany looks on during the International Friendly match between Germany and Serbia at Volkswagen Arena on March 20, 2019 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images,)

Germany boss Joachim Low suggested he will stick with Manuel Neuer in goal for their Euro 2020 qualification opener at the Netherlands.

The Bayern Munich captain was given the nod over Marc-Andre ter Stegen to start in goal for Wednesday’s 1-1 friendly draw against Serbia, but was unable to prevent Luka Jovic’s header from putting the visitors ahead in the 12th-minute.

Despite the early setback, Low’s new-look youthful side were the stronger team during the first half but were unable to create many chances to equalise.

Barcelona’s Ter Stegen came at half-time for Neuer and was left relatively untroubled as fellow substitute Leon Goretzka fired in an equaliser for Germany in Wolfsburg.

Speaking after the 1-1 friendly draw, Low hinted that he will start with his captain Neuer for Sunday’s Group C opener at Holland in their Euro 2020 qualification campaign.

“You can assume that,” said Low on Yahoo, when asked if starting Neuer on Wednesday is a possible sign for this weekend.

TURIN, ITALY - APRIL 16: Andre Onana of Ajax celebrates victory after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Juventus and Ajax at Allianz Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Neurer praises Andre Onana

The Bayern Munich goalkeeper believes the Cameroon international and Ajax should have been in the UEFA Champions League Final.

“At the end of last week or in the past, I’ve already said that Marc-Andre will definitely have some chances. That’s my plan.

“Now we have just made one game, in this one he has played a half. That was our decision, that Manuel plays as captain in the first half.

“In the second half then Marc-Andre played, but we still have some games during the year and he will certainly get his opportunity.”

The big talking point of the game undoubtedly came on Milan Pavkov’s reckless foul on Leroy Sane in injury-time, which saw Serbia being reduced to 10-men.

Meanwhile, Sane was seen hobbling off the pitch in added time and will surely have caused some concern for both Germany and his club Manchester City.

“It was a vicious foul,” said Low. “Sane was lucky and got away with not getting hurt but such fouls can break bones.”

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY – MARCH 20: Leroy Sane of Germany receives medical treatment during the International Friendly match between Germany and Serbia at Volkswagen Arena on March 20, 2019 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images,)

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