Niclas Füllkrug bitterly disappointed after Germany’s Euro 2024 exit

Niclas Füllkrug
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Borussia Dortmund striker Niclas Füllkrug has admitted to feeling bitterly disappointed and sad following Germany’s exit from the European Championship.

Germany were knocked out of the European Championship on Friday evening with former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mikel Merino scoring a 119th minute winner for Spain in their quarterfinal clash. The defeat marked a cruel end to what had been a memorable Euro 2024 campaign on home soil for Julian Nagelsmann’s side.

It will certainly take some time for the players and fans to come to terms with the defeat and Germany’s bitter exit from Euro 2024. Buoyed by the rapturous home support, Germany played some excellent football at the tournament and were unlucky to be beaten by Spain in a tightly contested quarterfinal on Friday.

Niclas Füllkrug spoke about his sadness and disappointment after the game. “There was a sense of euphoria, a sense of community in Germany, which we players also felt,”. Füllkrug told ARD. “It hasn't been like that for a long time. We're very, very sad that it's over. There's no pride at the moment - because it's over now. It's getting harder by the second to come to terms with it. It will take a little time.”

“It was incredibly nice to be there on the pitch and to fight for the fans. It's a shame we only made it to the quarterfinals. The fans were definitely outstanding.”

Füllkrug made his mark on Germany’s Euro 2024 campaign, as he scored twice during the group stage. The Borussia Dortmund striker also came close to scoring twice in the quarterfinal against Spain, but was denied by the woodwork before firing wide with a header in the final moments of the game.