Beenhakker accepts defeat

Poles slump to disappointing defeat against neighbours

Leo Beenhakker admits that his side deserved to take nothing from their Euro 2008 clash with Germany.

The Poland coach saw his side slump to a 2-0 defeat against their arch-rivals in a game in which they never looked like ending their 75-year wait for a victory over their old enemies.

To make matters worse, the Germans secured victory with goals either side of half-time from Polish-born striker Lukas Podolski.

Poland will now be looking to take maximum points from their two remaining Group B fixtures, against Austria and Croatia, if they maintain any aspirations of reaching the quarter-finals.

Veteran coach Beenhakker accepts that his troops must banish the memories of Sunday's defeat as quickly as possible, but realises that massive improvements will be required if they are to secure a safe progression to the last eight.


"You can imagine how disappointed we are, but our opponents played at the highest level," said Beenhakker.

"The first goal was well taken, I was not impressed with the second goal, we tried to put some more pressure on and played a bit more open, which led to the consequence of the second goal.

"After the second goal it was all over.

"We matched them for 70 minutes, but the last 20 was best forgotten."