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World Cup 2010: Defensive mistakes against Serbia mean Germany must improve to beat Ghana - Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer, the Germany goalkeeper, believes his side must beat Ghana in their final group game if they are to progress into the second round at the World Cup, following their disappointing 1-0 defeat against Serbia.

"We have to win the match against Ghana, we can’t allow a second defeat," said Neuer.

"We know that we can have setbacks during a World Cup, and that’s what we have now, but we have to got into the next game with our heads up high and try to win the next game."

The German shotstopper was also very disappointed with conceding for the first time at the World Cup, and wasn't pleased with his side's marking — allowing Nikola Zigic to head across goal for Milan Jovanovic to score the games only goal.

"Zigic with a header, he’s also 2.05 meters or however tall he is. And in the middle there was a player free five metres from the goal… it was easy for him to get that ball in."

However, the German number one is keen to keep his head up, and believes his side has enough to get the result they need in their final group game, provided they return to the form which blew Australia away.

"As a footballer, one has experienced similar setbacks, but we have to reverse that in the next game and recall what made us strong in the game against Australia... and if we do so, I am sure we can make it to the next round," he added.

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