June 23, 2018 / 8:55 PM / 22 days ago

Soccer-Angry Andersson hits out at Germans for "rubbing it into our faces"

SOCHI, Russia, June 23 (Reuters) - Sweden coach Janne Andersson hit out at the German bench for “rubbing it in” as they celebrated Toni Kroos’s stoppage-time winner in Germany’s 2-1 World Cup Group F victory on Saturday.

“Some of the German leaders of the team celebrated by running in our direction and rubbing into our faces by making gestures and that really got me annoyed and angry,” said the Sweden coach whose team had led 1-0.

“There were many people on our bench that were annoyed. We fought it out for 95 minutes and when the final whistle goes you shake hands and leave. So I was very angry,” he said.

“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.”

Sweden and Germany are both on three points with leaders Mexico on six heading into the final group games. (Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Ed Osmond)

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