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German team blasted for Norway loss

BERLIN: The German press pulled no punches yesterday as it ripped into die Mannschaft following their 1-0 friendly defeat at home to Norway with Bild claiming the Germans were "ridiculed by the viking tourists".

Seething at "the absence of movement" which lead to the "embarassing" defeat, the German tabloid went as far as to award a six - the lowest mark possible - to all, but one member of the Germany squad.

Only Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm, who received a four, escaped a dreaded six ("Did not earn their money") as the Euro 2008 finalists were beaten by a single second-half goal from Norway's Christian Grindheim.

"There was no evidence on the pitch that the Euro 2008 runners-up, playing with their best side, were up against a team who didn't win a single game in 2008," moaned Bild.

"In their World Cup qualifying group, Norway are even behind Macedonia!"



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