Germany players Toni Kroos and Manuel Neuer have warned rivals that there is more to come following the 2-0 win over Ukraine in the World Champion’s opening Euro 2016 tie.
Man-of-the-match Kroos praised his defence despite a shaky 15-minute spell during which Ukraine could easily have drawn level following Shkodran Mustafi’s early header.
Ukraine gave Germany’s makeshift defence a severe test, with Neuer making several fine saves and George Boateng’s spectacular goalline clearance helping to preserve their slender lead.
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“The last 15 minutes before half-time we didn’t concentrate well, so we couldn’t complain if we had conceded,” said Real Madrid star Kroos. “In the second half we were much stronger, we dominated the game and didn’t concede any chances.”
“We’ve learned a lot, we’re not at the level we want to achieve during this tournament yet, but it is a good start,” he warned.
Keeper Neuer echoed the sentiments of Kroos, saying, “We played well and kept up our good standards in defence. We haven’t shown yet everything that we have to show, we will keep improving.”
Germany sealed the win in the dying moments with a breakaway goal from substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger, his first international goal in almost five years.