Neuer rues 'unfair' EURO 2016 exit

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An Antoine Griezmann brace inspired a 2-0 win for Didier Deschamps' men, advancing to Monday's (AEST) decider against Portugal.

The Atletico Madrid star struck from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time, before capitalising on Germany errors in defence for his second.

Neuer, though, believes his team deserved more from the encounter, rueing the contentious spot-kick conceded by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

"We've played well during Euro 2016 but have been knocked out and that is very disappointing," he said via the German Football Association (DFB) website.

"It's a semi-final, there weren't any stupid moments or silly mistakes. It's not a fair result. It's disappointing to go in at the break trailing as we did.

"Nevertheless, we still had the chance to bounce back but simply couldn’t score. They were clinical.

"If it had been 0-0 at the break, that wouldn't have happened. After France took a 1-0 lead, it was easier for them."

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos echoed Neuer's sentiments, hailing the performance against France as the best of the tournament, despite the defeat.

"We delivered our best performance at EURO 2016 today so it’s strange that we suffered a 2-0 defeat.

"I can't blame the team, we carved out good opportunities. We had three or four excellent chances from headers but we fell further behind after a slip."


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