Klose: We can still be proud
By Chris Stanton. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Miroslav Klose and Philipp Lahm refused to be too despondent after Germany's World Cup bid ended in dramatic fashion at the hands of Italy in Tuesday's semi-final.
With the match appearing destined for penalties, Fabio Grosso and Alessandro Del Piero struck to hand Italy their place in the World Cup final and break the hearts of the host nation.
Despite the evident disappointment, Klose believed Jurgen Klinsmann's side could be proud of their efforts.
"I think we can still be proud of this team. We have a lot of young players and I think we have a future," said Klose.
"Both sides had shots on goal and chances to decide the match, but my compliments to the Italians. They played hard and scored a nice goal," he added.
Lahm admits the late defeat is a bitter pill to swallow.
"We had good chances to score," said Lahm. "It's bitter to lose so close to the end of the match. We didn't lack any freshness.
"We were still fit, everyone could still run.
"There were two very good teams out there. There weren't many chances. It was a balanced match. We had our chances too.
"It's hard to find an explanation. We're naturally very disappointed. There is a lot of disappointment to lose here in Dortmund against Italy."