Euro 2012

Germany/Italy - Lahm regrets defensive mistakes

Germany crashed out of Euro 2012 as they were well beaten 2-1 by Italy but captain Philipp Lahm said they were left with regrets.

"It is a very, very bitter defeat," admitted Germany captain Philipp Lahm.

"We made stupid mistakes and we shouldn't have conceded the goals in the way we did.

"When you fall behind against the Italians, it makes life very difficult.

"The most bitter part is that this team has so much potential for more than this, but we weren't clever enough."

German defender Philipp Lahm reacts during the Euro 2012 football championships semi-final match Germany vs Italy on June 28, 2012 at the National Stadium in Warsaw. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE

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