Why Sweden's coach flipped out after World Cup loss to Germany
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Sweden coach Janne Andersson was irate after his team's 2-1 loss to Germany on Saturday â" and not just because his team conceded the go-ahead goal in the 95th minute.
After Toni Kroos scored on a free kick in stoppage time, television cameras captured Andersson screaming at the German sidelines and having to be physically separated by staff and a referee. Andersson later accused the Germans of poor sportsmanship, explaining that they were "rubbing (the goal) in to our faces.&q uot;
"Some of the German leaders of the team celebrated by running in our direction and rubbing in to our faces by making gestures and that really got me annoyed and angry," Andersson said after the game, according to Reuters.
"All I am saying is people behaved in ways you don't. You cheer when you win, you leave the opponents to feel sad, you don't react in the way they did."
It's not immediately clear which gestures the Germans are accused of making.
Coach Joachim Low said he didn't see any taunting but admitted that he and his team "were concentrating on other things," according to Reuters.
"Who made gestures? Did I make a gesture?" Low said according to the news agency. "We fell into each other's arms and were so elated. I didn't see any aggressive gestures."
Sweden had a surprising 1-0 lead at halftime, and a German loss would have prevented the defending World Cu p champions from reaching the round of 16. But goals from Marco Reus early in the first half and Kroos in stoppage time left Andersson steamed and searching for answers.
"There are so many feelings right now," he said, according to Reuters. "This is probably the heaviest conclusion to a game that I have ever experienced in my career."
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