Germany coach Low regrets missed opportunities at end of 15-year term
Outgoing German coach Joachim Low lamented his side’s missed opportunities in a 2-0 loss to England in their Euro 2020 round of 16 game on Tuesday after the end of his 15-year tenure at the head of the national team at Wembley.
In what turned out to be Low’s last game in charge, his team found no way to get past a granite-type defense that has yet to concede in the tournament as Gemany missed two golden chances. thanks to Timo Werner and Thomas Muller in both halves to score.
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“It was a huge disappointment,” Low said. “We expected more and the confidence in the team was there. But in games like this you have to take your chances when you get them.
“We’ve had two of those chances with Werner and Mueller so it’s bitter to be eliminated now at this point.”
Werner cut into the box and shot goalkeeper Jordan Pickford early in the first half, while Muller, with only the keeper to beat, shot wide seconds after England took the lead thanks to Raheem Sterling in the 75th minute.
“When things like that happen, like Muller’s luck, you just have to accept it. Normally he does them and today we needed it, but that didn’t happen,” Low said.
England striker Harry Kane’s 86th-minute header then killed the game, with the Tottenham player finally opening his account after a disappointing Euro so far.
Low, who took over in 2006 and led Germany to the 2014 World Cup title before retiring from the tournament four years later in the first round, will be replaced by former Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick.
“We were hoping for so much more in this tournament. I am sad that the enthusiasm at home is now gone after a game,” said Low.
German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said it could have gone both ways.
“I think it was a huge chance for us to qualify for the last eight, but we missed that chance and the disappointment is great,” said Neuer.
“It was a close game. Werner had a chance, then at 1-0 Thomas [Muller] had a chance. If he had scored, it would have been different. It’s not that they put us up against the wall. “