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The Germans screwed up their opportunity

Germany defender Mats Hummels appeared very much frustrated after his team lost to Italy in the semifinals of the Euro 2012.

The Azzurri confirmed their place in the finals against defending champions Spain thanks to a double from Mario Balotelli, who was given an opportunity to score due to a poor German defense, sending the previously undefeated favorites packing for their flight home.

Despite the attempt to recovery, Hummels believes the Mannschaft ultimately left themselves with a burden too high to actually do away with.

"We screwed up in the first half," the 23-year-old told reporters after the game. "Two-nil down against a team who are so tactically good is difficult."

Hummels, who was successful in his stint as part of the Borussia Dortmund team secured a league and cup double, felt his performance not even near the level of what transpired in the match.

"For the cross for the first goal I didn’t do well enough," he added.

"That the cross even went in was my fault so I played a big part in the first goal."

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann thinks that Germany’s failure was they were unable to limit the action of Italy's midfielders.

Klinsmann, who was in charge of Germany’s national team between 2004 and 2006, thinks that the Italian midfielders simply ran amuck without any resistance.

"We were able to play in the first half, but then Italy played marvelously in defence in the second half," he told Der Tagesspiegel.

"We lost most tackles in midfield. We could not control Andrea Pirlo, Riccardo Montolivo or Daniele De Rossi. The game was lost in the midfield."

Oliver Bierhoff, Germany’s team manager who had labeled his side favorites against Italy, also expressed his frustration over the disastrous loss, but stressed that the quality of the team must not be questioned.

"After such a defeat, you have to be disappointed," the 44-year-old said. "We believed in our target and did not reach it. We were not so pressured that we had to leave as winners.

"The team has room for improvement. We believe in these players. We will learn from this experience."

Germany will be fighting again, this time with a home clash with the Faroe Islands on September 7.

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