Thomas Muller admits his miss against England ‘hurts like hell’ following Germany’s exit at Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate’s side now face a quarter-final tie against Ukraine after sealed a 2-0 victory over Germany at Wembley on Tuesday.
Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane scored the goals in the second half to secure the win for the Three Lions, but Muller missed an excellent chance to make it 1-1 as he pulled his one-on-one effort wide of Jordan Pickford’s post.
And the Germany forward is now ruing his missed opportunity to equalise at Wembley.
‘That was it, that one moment that sticks in your mind and keeps you awake at night,’ Muller wrote on Instagram.
‘The kind of moment you work for, train for, live for. The moment where it falls on you to get your team back on level terms in a tight knockout game and send an entire football nation into ecstasy.
‘To have this opportunity and then waste it hurts like hell.
‘It hurts to think about the whole team, my teammates and our coach, who all put their trust in me to be there and deliver at exactly that moment.
‘But most of all, it hurts because of all the Germany fans out there who stood by us and supported us throughout this tournament, despite the difficult circumstances.’
Meanwhile, Germany head coach Joachim Low admits his side’s lack of cutting edge in front of goal cost them a place in the quarter final.
‘We didn’t take advantage of the two great opportunities that we had with Muller and Werner,’ said Low.
‘It was obvious no team wanted to take too many risks, especially in their defensive work. It was expected that not many opportunities would be created.
‘But you need to take advantage and be clinical if you want to succeed. The English side scored on their first opportunity and we didn’t, so it was difficult.
‘We would have turned the match around with the chance of Muller, but then they got their second and it was not possible to turn the match around.
‘The team threw in everything but we were not clinical enough, not effective enough. The team needs to mature as a team to be more successful.’
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