Manuel Neuer believes the better side advanced to the Euro 2016 semi-finals after helping Germany past Italy in a dramatic penalty shoot-out win on Saturday.
Mesut Ozil gave Germany the lead in the 65th minute but a Leonardo Bonucci penalty 13 minutes later ensured the game went into extra time.
Germany goalkeeper Neuer came up big to deny Bonucci and then Matteo Darmian, with Jonas Hector slotting the winning penalty in a shoot-out that saw seven players fail to find the net.
"I have never experienced a shoot-out like this. I think most of the Italians just aimed into the middle," Neuer - who was voted man of the match - told UEFA.com.
"The 1-1 score we conceded during regular time was a bit unlucky. But I believe we were the better side and are deservedly through to the semi-finals.
"It was something special to have so many penalty-takers, such drama! We did not manage to beat Italy in 90 minutes. We did not beat Italy in 120 minutes.
"Then this shoot-out just fitted that duel between Italy and Germany. It wasn't that easy. It was a war of nerves."