Joachim Low, Germany’s coach
It was a tense and fast game. In the first half, we had issues with switching to attack and ball losses. We left opportunities for counterattacks. In the second, we acted much better and kept the ball. We dominated, although it was tricky against Ukraine’s good defenses. However, we found the way to penetrate them, so I’m satisfied, by and large. In the second half, we defended better, and Bastian Schweinsteiger was glad to get back on the pitch after several weeks he had to skip. The game with Poland will solve everything, since both teams won their matches. The next games’ result will define the outcome in this group stage.
Andriy Yarmolenko, Ukraine’s winger
I’m not happy with the game’s result because we lost. But one has to keep in mind who our opponent was. After all, Germany is the world champion. It was tough, though we had nice moments in the first half. Too bad we failed to score. It’s a distinguished victory for Germany, but it’s a good lesson for us as well. We’ll move on, nothing is lost yet. It’s up to us.
Mykhailo Fomenko, Ukraine’s coach
We’ve got to forget this and move on to the next game. Physically and psychologically, we will be fine. Players absolutely understood how difficult it would be to play with Germany. The most important thing now is to gain victory in the next match. We should have kept the Germans away from scoring, but we couldn’t. The German team works like a machine. They have plenty of world-class players, and my men knew they’d play against the world-class team. Zinchenko (Olexandr Zinchenko, - 112 International) is a young boy, he needs more experience in such games. As for Seleznev (Yevhen Seleznev, - 112 International), he had to bring up changes in the attack. But he failed to do so.