Thomas Muller admits it ‘hurts like hell’ to have missed golden chance in Germany’s defeat by England at Euro 2020 as he painfully reflects on ‘letting down my team-mates and coach and all Germany fans’ after firing wide in shocking moment
- England secured their spot in the Euro 2020 quarters after beating Germany
- Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane had scored the two goals at a wild Wembley
- Germany could have equalised, but Thomas Muller fired inches wide of the net
- Muller fell to the turf in disbelief, and he has shared his thoughts on the miss
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
Thomas Muller admitted his horror miss in Germany’s defeat by England at Euro 2020 ‘hurts like hell’, and he has painfully reflected on letting down his team-mates, coach and supporters.
The veteran was slotted through on goal after a mistake from Raheem Sterling, who scored the opening goal of the clash at Wembley, and raced towards Jordan Pickford with the net at mercy.
Unbelievably, however, Muller could only roll inches wide of the far post – and the moment proved costly with Harry Kane doubling the Three Lions’ lead soon after to spark pandemonium.
Thomas Muller has admitted his costly miss in Germany’s defeat by England ‘hurts like hell’
A mistake allowed Muller to race through on goal, but he could only drag wide of the far post
Now, the morning after the game, Muller has taken to social media to share his thoughts on firing wide.
‘This is the moment that gets stuck in your head and keeps you up at night,’ he wrote. ‘The moment you work for, train for and live for as a footballer.
‘The moment when it’s all in your hands, when you can bring your team back into the game and send a whole football nation into ecstasy.
Taking to Instagram, Muller reflected on letting down his colleagues after missing the target
His shot was hit narrowly wide of Jordan Pickford’s goal with the defenders scrambling back
‘Getting this chance and missing it hurts like hell. It hurts to let down my team-mates and coach, who put all of their trust in me.
‘But what hurts the most is letting down all Germany fans out there who stood by and supported us at the Euros, despite it all.’
It proved to be a nightmare occasion overall for Bayern Munich forward Muller, who failed to hide his emotions after being substituted late on, when Germany found themselves two goals behind.
He was replaced by Jamal Musiala in injury time, and his reaction was one of anger as he made his way off the pitch, Muller seen shouting in frustration back towards the action.
Germany were dumped out of Euro 2020 in the last-16 with England claiming a pulsating win
The emotions of the occasion looked to get to Muller when he was substituted off in fury
During his post-match analysis, former Germany player and manager Jurgen Klinsmann was scathing of Muller, who famously netted twice against England at the 2010 World Cup, for failing to hit the target.
‘You wanted it to be Muller,’ Klinsmann said. ‘He’s the guy who carried Germany through difficult times.
‘He missed it, he knows he should’ve scored that one.
Raheem Sterling netted the opener in the clash after tucking in Luke Shaw’s searching cross
Harry Kane broke his duck at the tournament when meeting Jack Grealish’s ball in to nod home
‘Pickford does really well to stand him up, those little pieces they decide a game.’
Joachim Low will step down as Germany boss after a decade and a half in their senior coaching set-up, and he conceded that the lack of a clinical edge proved to be their downfall.
He said: ‘It is clear that we are all very disappointed, me the team, the players, the staff.
‘We really invested a lot and the team has worked very well, developed great spirit and we just didn’t make it to put it on the pitch and be effective.
Joachim Low admitted his team’s lack of a clinical edge proved costly in their early knockout
‘We didn’t take advantage of the two great opportunities we had and it was obvious that it was going to be all about patience.
‘The English side scored on their first opportunity, we didn’t. It was difficult, we would have turned the match around after the chance of Muller, then they scored the second.
‘The team threw in everything but we were not clinical enough. The team needs to mature to be more successful.’
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