Low: We could not accelerate

Germany coach Joachim Low admits that his side failed to find their edge in front of goal as they played to a dull 0-0 draw in their Euro 2016 clash with Poland on Thursday.

The was no separating the two neighbours as neither side showed any real desire to claim the victory, with Mario Gotze squandering good chances early in each half in the 'false nine' role for the Germans at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil's form was also called into question, as the duo continued to fire blanks on the night.

Low did not want to single out individuals, instead he praised his defence and the return of Mats Hummels from an injury lay-off,  in the centre-back position.

"In the attack today we could not create too many chances," Low said after the match. "The problem was that the whole of our game in the last third was not very fast

"We could not accelerate, we interrupted our attacks and then there were nine or 10 Poland players behind the ball.

"It is not what I expect from [Germany] but you have to accept that both side were very strong defensively.

"High balls into the area are what the Polish centre-backs want, that's why the strategy was clear to use Gotze in the beginning because normally we combine well," he added. "We simply could not impose our game style."

"I'm not worried. Both players are capable to always bring about positive actions in a game," Low said of Muller and Ozil's performances.

"Both of them worked very well defensively. They ran a lot today.

"Maybe they are missing their great chances and luck but this is going to change.

"Most of all I am satisfied with the defensive aspect," he continued. "The whole team worked very well, We did not concede too many counter-attacks.

"They had a very clear chance after half-time [through Milik] but apart from that [goalkeeper] Manuel Neuer didn't have to hold any balls.

"We were quite good defensively. Mats had his first game back and both centre-backs, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, were very strong."

The draw leaves Germany and Poland level on four points in Group C, ahead of their final group stage encounters against Ukraine and Northern Ireland respectively.

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