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Football - 19. July 2013.

Germany seeking answers after historic defeat

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Swedish tourists and even the nation's king visit Oland to seek sand, sea and above all the calm afforded by this wooded paradise bathing in the Baltic Sea, north-east of Kalmar.

The tranquility of their team hotel on the island perhaps explains why no one within the Germany squad was panicking following Wednesday's defeat by Norway, their first reverse in a UEFA European Women's Championship fixture since succumbing to the same opponents in a 1996 qualifier.

While the mood is perhaps not quite as bright as the sunshine streaming in through the window of their cosy temporary home, a desire to remedy the ills of their historic loss at the Kalmar Arena is foremost in their minds.

"We have to question ourselves, because the criticism is justified. There were too many losses of concentration and possession, and not enough readiness to run. The answers as to why are still unknown to us," said defender Annike Krahn, sitting alongside forward Célia Okoyino da Mbabi, whose frank analysis from the opposite end of the pitch bore similar traits. "As a team, we weren't focused enough and made too many mistakes. I don't have any explanation for that."


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