VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach manager Dieter Hecking admitted his side capitulated under pressure from FC Schalke 04 as they were eliminated from the Europa League on Thursday night.
With a 1-1 draw from the first leg, Mönchengladbach took a two-goal lead in the first half of their second leg tie through goals from Andreas Christensen on 26 minutes and Mahmoud Dahoud on the stroke of half-time.
But Leon Goretzka pulled a goal back for Schalke with 54 minutes played before Nabil Bentaleb buried a 68th minute penalty – to send his side through to the quarter-finals on the away goals rule.
After the match, Hecking was reported as saying: "We have witnessed two gripping games, but with an unfortunate end for us. At this stage we have to wish Schalke all the best.
"We were in a good spell after going 2-0 ahead, and we had the game in our hands.
"We lost our order and Schalke put us under a lot of pressure and scored twice."
He added: "There was nothing that Yann Sommer could have done for the first goal – it just skipped off the turf.
"After that goal Schalke turned up the heat and we buckled a little."
Hecking also questioned the penalty decision by adding: "In my eyes it was not a penalty. The decision was a bitter one for us but we have to accept it. There is no benefit from stewing on it and discussing it to death.
"We ourselves got a bit lucky with our goal against Ingolstadt a few weeks ago. That is football."