Low hails German resilience

  • By: Jamie Casey
  • Last Updated: July 10 2010, 22:58 BST

Germany coach Joachim Low hailed the resilience of his team as they saw off Uruguay to finish the World Cup in third place.

Khedira (right) celebrates his winning goal.

A 3-2 victory in Port Elizabeth came via Sami Khedira's scrappy 82nd-minute header, but not before Uruguay had led the match 2-1.

Thomas Muller fired the Germans in front before goals from Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan swung the match in the South Americans' favour.

But Marcell Jansen swooped to level and Khedira converted a looping header late on to ensure Germany's youngsters left with their heads held high.

Low said: "In the second half, when we were forced to dig deep, we saw the mental strength the team had to resist and then snatch victory.

"I'm pleased with that, the team deserves it. Altogether, what we've achieved, we never would have expected it eight or nine months ago."

Khedira dedicated his winner to his team-mates and vowed Germany will return a stronger side at the next World Cup.

He said: "It's a tribute not just to the team but to all 23 players here that we were able to give a good performance and keep the quality high."

The youth Germany possess among their impressive side suggest many of the current crop will participate in at least another World Cup and Khedira hopes they can deliver an even better showing in four years' time.

"We've done well here but next time we want to get to the next level," said Khedira, who was celebrating his second international goal.