Joachim Low insisted Germany did enough to warrant their 2-1 victory over Peru, despite admitting Nico Schulz’s winner was “fortuitous”.
Debutant Schulz’s low drive crept under Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese’s body and into the net as the hosts edged to victory in Sinsheim.
Luis Advincula put Peru ahead with a crisp finish before Juliant Brandt levelled for the hosts before half-time.
Low believes Germany were worthy winners at the Rhein-Neckar Arena as his side fight to rebuild their reputation after the humiliation of failing to pass the summer’s World Cup group stages.
“I am pleased that we won the game, you got the sense during the game that the team really wanted to get the victory,” Low said on the German Football Association’s official website.
“The winning goal was slightly fortuitous, but we also missed plenty of chances in the first half.
“At the end of the day, the goalkeeper should have saved the winning goal. But I’m still really pleased for Nico Schulz, who has made a really good impression on me in training.
“Overall I think we played quite well, without setting the world alight. Every win will do us the world of good though.”
Low thanked German supporters for sticking with both him and his players, especially given the huge disappointment of the World Cup.
“In the second half we didn’t quite get our balance right, which we still need to perfect,” said Low.
“We were a little bit more open at the back in comparison to the first half. We will need a bit more time to make sure our defence is a bit more stable.
“The receptions we’ve received in both Munich (for the 0-0 draw with France) and Sinsheim have been very positive. I believe that the team have understood the fact that we’re under a lot pressure, although the fans have continued to back us.
“We have to carry on working to get that identification with the team back.”