Liverpool star Emre Can called Germany Under-21s’ heaviestever defeat a “dark day” for the entire country. The Germans were routed 5-0 by Portugal as Rui Jorge’s side booked their place in Tuesday’s final against Sweden in emphatic fashion.
Germany head coach Horst Hrubesch revealed his relief afterwards that the goals stopped there and Can admitted his own performance left a lot to be desired. “I talked a lot this tournament, big talk even,” he told www.uefa.com. “I wanted to win the title. “I don’t know why, but for some reason, I didn’t show my best out there. If I am honest, it is just shameful.
“From the first minute onward we failed to find our rhythm. Our mentality also wasn’t there – we just had everything missing tonight, but excuses and apologies are no help now.”