Niersbach: Playing Italy is enough to drive you to despair

The German FA president has revealed that Joachim Low's side were "depressed" in the changing room following their 2-1 Euro 2012 semi-final defeat to the Azzurri in Warsaw
German FA president Wolfgang Niersbach has spoken of the "despair" in the changing room following Germany's 2-1 loss to Italy.

Joachim Low's much-fancied side crashed out of the tournament after being comprehensively beaten by the Azzurri on Thursday evening, with Mario Balotelli putting Cesare Prandelli's team ahead with two first half goals.

The Italians have never lost a competitive match against Die Mannschaft and Niersbach revealed that the record is beginning to take its toll on the players.

"You could feel that the players were very depressed in the changing room," he told ARD.

"It takes some time to crawl out of that hole again. It's always the same when you play against the Italians. It's enough to drive you to despair."

The Euro 2012 final between Italy and Spain in Kiev kicks off at 20:45 CET on Sunday.