• Arsenal player's struggles continue for country
• Boateng hits out at fans: 'They have some nerve'
Mesut Özil's season went from bad to worse on Wednesday night as he was whistled by a section of Germany fans when substituted during his side's victory over Chile.
Jogi Löw's side won 1-0 but, despite setting up the only goal of the game, the Arsenal midfielder was singled out by the home crowd in Stuttgart, being jeered as he was taken off in the 89th minute. Özil's team-mates reacted angrily to the crowd's reaction, Jérôme Boateng saying: "They have some nerve. You can't shine all the time."
The team manager, Oliver Bierhoff, added: "I don't understand the whistling. I find it a shame that a player such as Mesut is picked out [for that kind of reaction]. I would hope for different support for a game like that."
Löw, meanwhile, was more concerned with his side's performance. "We weren't capable of dominating the game. It is always good when one can see that Germany is not the only country to have good players."
Mario Götze struck against the run of play in the 16th minute after Özil eluded three defenders on the edge of the area. Götze took the Arsenal midfielder's pass with his right foot and then scooped it over the Chile goalkeeper Johnny Herrera with his left.
Eduardo Vargas came closest for Chile when he struck the crossbar in the second half. Arturo Vidal should have equalised in the first as the dominant visitors failed to capitalise on a stuttering performance from the home side.
"You can say it was a lucky win," the Germany captain Philipp Lahm said and it was far from convincing ahead of the World Cup in 98 days, and Löw was unable to hide his frustration, even before his side drew whistles from fans at the end.
The national coach has had to tear up his first-choice lineup due to injuries and poor form. He shifted Lahm to defensive midfield, with Kevin Grosskreutz filling in at right-back.