VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Patrick Herrmann says their Europa League exit at the hands of FC Schalke 04 was a bitter pill to swallow after having initially taken lead.
Markus Weinzierl's side overcame a two-goal deficit in their Round of 16 second leg to secure a 2-2 draw and subsequently progress to the next round of the competition with an aggregate scoreline of 3-3 with Schalke advancing to due the away goals rule.
"It’s very bitter to leave the competition like this," he told the club's official website.
"It’s incomprehensible and simply painful to have one foot in the quarter-finals at half-time, only to then have it all taken away. It’s a really tough day, not for just us players, but for all the fans too.
"It was to be expected that Schalke would work harder and press more in the second-half. Realistically we defended very well and didn’t allow them too many chances, and that made the goals we conceded all the more tough to swallow.
"You simply can’t defend against those kinds of goals. Every now and then you have to allow a long-shot, but the ball just unfortunately bounced up and past Yann. And the penalty, which in my opinion shouldn’t have been given, also can’t be defended. It was just hard luck," he said.