Neuer Admits Error in Germany Defeat to Poland
Manuel Neuer has taken full responsibility for the crucial first goal in Germany’s shock 2-0 loss to Poland on Saturday.
Joachim Low’s men dominated in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Warsaw but fell behind six minutes after the break when Arkadiusz Milik beat Neuer to a right-wing cross from Lukasz Piszczek to head home.
The goal allowed Poland to sit even deeper and they sealed a first ever victory over their neighbours when Sebastian Mila fired home with just two minutes remaining, leaving Neuer bitterly disappointed by his role.
“I came out bravely for the first goal, but I was too late – it was a mistake by me,” he told reporters after Germany ended their run of 18 competitive fixtures without defeat.
The loss leaves Germany third in Group D, three points behind Poland and Republic of Ireland, both of whom have won their opening two games.
However, Neuer is supremely confident that Joachim Low’s men, who had 29 shots on goal in Warsaw, will avenge their defeat when they host Poland in Frankfurt in September of next year.
“It was an avoidable defeat,” he said. “We didn’t play badly. If we had scored the first goal, then we would have won.
“It was clear beforehand that the task of winning here in Warsaw against Poland would be very difficult.
“But when we play in our own stadium in Germany, then we will win.”