Germany’s Euro semifinal exit ‘bitter’, says goalkeeper Neuer
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said the 2-0 semi-final defeat to France at Euro 2016 was a bitter pill for the world champions to swallow following a controversial penalty decision.uefa euro cup Updated: Jul 08, 2016 17:06 IST
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said the 2-0 semi-final defeat to France at Euro 2016 was a bitter pill for the world champions to swallow following a controversial penalty decision.
Man-of-the-match Antoine Griezmann scored twice on Thursday as France’s win sealed a place in the Euro 2016 final against Portugal.
“We have played well at these European Championships finals, but we’re out. That’s very bitter,” said Neuer.
“It’s a semi-final and there is not a more stupid moment (to go out) and it’s not a fair result.
“It’s very bitter when you go into the break like that, but you can still come back.” France scored a penalty in injury time of the first half to go ahead.
“We didn’t manage to get a goal and they were ice-cold,” added Neuer. “The 1-0 lead made it easier for the French.”
Having converted a controversial first-half penalty for Bastian Schweinsteiger’s handball, Griezmann put the result beyond doubt with a sweetly struck second half shot in Marseille.
Regardless of their disappointment, Germany has maintained their impressive record of reaching at least the last four of the last six tournament finals.
First Published: Jul 08, 2016 15:36 IST