Joachim Low hails the ‘strong bonds’ he forged in 15 years as Germany manager but rues ‘disappointing’ loss to Gareth Southgate’s England in his last game… with departing boss claiming the Three Lions scored with ‘first opportunity’ of Euro 2020 tie
- Germany conceded two late goals against England to exit Euro 2020 on Tuesday
- The Three Lions star progressed to the last eight at the expense of their rivals
- The match was Joachim Low’s final match as Germany boss after a 15-year stint
- Low rued Thomas Muller’s miss and England scoring with ‘their first opportunity’
- The 61-year-old discussed his side’s success and the ‘difficult spells’ of his tenure
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The Germans conceded two late goals in their Euro 2020 last-16 tie with the Three Lions, with Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane firing home for England in the final 15 minutes to send them through to the quarter-finals.
Low announced before the tournament that he would step down as Germany boss after a decade and a half in the set-up, with the highlight undoubtedly being the 2014 World Cup triumph in Brazil.
Joachim Low bowed out as Germany boss after 15 years with a 1-0 Euro 2020 loss to England
Germany lost 2-0 to the Three Lions thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane
He told a post-match press conference: ‘In these 15 years there were a lot of positive things, I participated at our home World Cup in 2006 (as assistant coach), we developed further, we won the title in 2014 as the highlight, then Confederations Cup in 2017 with a young team.
‘There are very strong bonds that have been made, since 2018 we have had some problems – there were difficult spells. What remains is a lot of moments with a lot of people and the victories, some defeats as well, I have learned lessons.
‘Disappointment is present, it will stay for a while, this is clear, you don’t forget about it immediately, you will need certain time but I am sure that there are a lot of positive things that I can take out of these 15 years.
‘I want to thank the players who gave their best, the players who are not with us anymore.’
Low’s (far right) career highlight was guiding Germany to another World Cup title in 2014
Germany began their Euro 2020 knockout tie at England brightly and dominated the opening ten minutes, but allowed the Three Lions back into the game.
After Sterling had given England the lead in the second-half, German striker Thomas Muller fired wide when put in through on…