Saddened Schweinsteiger rues defensive errors against Italy

The Bayern Munich midfielder was frustrated by his team's proligacy in front of goal and the space afforded to Mario Balotelli after Die Mannschaft were sent home

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose have revealed their bitter disappointment at Germany’s elimination from Euro 2012 at the hands of Italy on Thursday.

The Azzurri triumphed 2-1 on the night with Mesut Ozil’s late penalty not enough to cancel out Mario Balotelli’s first-half double, and, in truth, Cesare Prandelli’s side could have added several more as Die Mannschaft searched for a lifeline in the second half.

Italy 2-1 Germany

Schweinsteiger rued the defensive errors that allowed the Manchester City striker to pounce, pointing out the second originated from a Germany set-piece, while he was also frustrated at the profligacy of him and his team-mates.

Speaking to ARD, Schweinsteiger said: “Of course we are disappointed and sad that we lost the game. We all hoped for something else.

“Unfortunately, this match did not go the way we imagined. We had the chances to take the lead, then we fell behind in an unnecessary situation.

“Then the second goal came from a break after our set-play. That really should not happen because we all know that Balotelli is a player who plays on the last man in the offside trap.”

Lazio forward Klose was similarly despondent regarding the eventual result, claiming Germany had not lived up to the expectations they created before the tournament, while he also suggested that the nation’s poor record against Italy may have been playing on the minds of some players.

Klose added: "The hurdle of Italy was a little bit too high. We have failed to do what we are capable of doing.

“Maybe it was the respect that we had for them, maybe the fact that we had never won against the Italians in a major tournament was in the back of our minds."