Germany coach Loew keeps his faith in no-goal Gomez

Germany coach Loew keeps his faith in no-goal GomezCardiff, Wales - Beleaguered Mario Gomez will not be measured by goals alone but his overall performance in the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Wales, Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Tuesday.

Loew said he will field the VfB Stuttgart striker again in Wednesday's match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Gomez has not scored in 643 minutes and was jeered by the fans in Saturday's 4-0 win against Liechtenstein.

"I will judge him on determination and fighting spirit, not on goals alone," Loew said.

Loew keeps faith in Gomez for Wales test

Joachim LoewCardiff, Wales - Germany coach Joachim Loew will keep faith with luckless striker Mario Gomez against a Wales side he believes will have to attack in a Group 4 World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.

The fact that Wales were beaten 2-0 at home by Finland on Saturday means John Toshack's side will have to go for victory in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Loew believes.

That could give the German side more room up front - and might help Gomez in his search for a goal - as they seek the three points which will put them even closer to World Cup qualification.