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Reactions to the German European Championship opener: "It was a brutally intense game"


According to Joachim Löw, the German team »fought to the end«, he doesn't blame Mats Hummels. France's coach speaks of the "titans' duel": an overview of the reactions to the European Championship game.

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Joachim Löw: "I can't blame the team for anything combative, we knocked everything in."


Christian Charisius / dpa

The German national soccer team started the European championship with a defeat.

Against world champions France, the DFB selection lost 0-1 on Tuesday evening in Munich.

The evening was particularly bitter for Mats Hummels, who scored his own goal in the 20th minute (the detailed match report can be found here).

Reactions to the game at a glance:

National coach Joachim Löw:

“It was a brutally intense game.

We threw everything into the balance and fought until the end.

An own goal decided the game.

We knew France countered extremely well.

We couldn't stop everything.

But I can't blame the team when it comes to fighting, we knocked everything in.

What we lacked was the penetration in the last third. "

About Mats Hummels's own goal, Löw said: “You can't blame him for that.

That is bad luck.

The outside ball comes in sharp.

Maybe we could have defended the throw-in earlier.

But it was difficult for Mats to clear the ball. "

Next, the German team will meet Portugal. Loew said: “Tomorrow we have to work on a few things again. Then you have to look ahead. Now we've lost, we're all disappointed, but nothing has happened. We still have two games and we can straighten everything out in both games. "

Toni Kroos:

»I think that we implemented a lot of what we wanted. We played a good game in my opinion. We had chances, no less than the French. In the end, an unfortunate goal decided. This is an action that you get clarified nine out of ten times. It was clear that they should not be switched off for 90 minutes, but we controlled them relatively well. We have to look ahead. If you lose the first game and have three group games, the pressure is high. You don't have to talk about it. "

Joshua Kimmich:

»We didn't manage to create real chances.

France was really strong.

The 1-0 played them brutally in the cards.

We somehow missed taking the risk and pushing the 1-1 draw even more.

The bottom line was that it wasn't enough. "

Robin Gosens:

“At the end of the day, we're here with zero points, so I'm a little pissed off.

I think we implemented a lot of what we set out to do beforehand.

We were good in the duels, we played two or three chances up front, but unfortunately we didn't.

Today we just missed the last bit of luck to get a draw. "

France coach Didier Deschamps:

“A big game against a very strong opponent.

It could have been a semi-final or a final.

The three points are not critical, but are very important.

This victory is good for you.

I knew my players were ready and we were.

With the second goal we would have been on the safe side, but we didn't suffer that much in the second half either. "-" It was a duel between the titans. "

Paul Pogba

, who was named Man of the Match: “It was important to start with a win.

And at least we played against Germany.

You gave us a lot of trouble today.

But we really wanted this victory. "

Benjamin Pavard

: »We met a very good German team.

We stuck together during the difficult phases, so it was a big game.

Of course we feel fine now.

That bodes well for the future. "

aar / dpa / sid

Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2021-06-18

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