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Neuer - Germany lacked courage
Published : 08 Jul 2010 12:33:23
Germany keeper Manuel Neuer claimed his side lacked the courage to beat Spain in Wednesday night's World Cup semi-final.
Although it took Carles Puyol's late header to set up a final meeting with Holland at Soccer City on Sunday, in truth, Germany were outplayed. It was a sad way for Joachim Low's young team to exit the tournament given the positive impression they had made by knocking four goals past England and Argentina.
"We didn't quite have the courage we needed," Neuer said. "We didn't show enough attacking intent and we failed to create enough chances."
He added: "We have scored before half-time in almost all our matches, which was always a boost to our confidence but this was different."