Strachan: Scotland could have beaten Germany

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has said that he believed his team were heading for a famous victory in Germany, eventually to go down 2-1, BBC Sport has reported.

The world champions started the game on the front foot, and Thomas Muller gave them the lead on 18 minutes with a looping header, minutes after putting a glorious chance wide of David Marshall’s goal.

However, Scotland gradually grew into the game and played some inventive football, and equalised midway through the second half when Ikechi Anya was put through on goal and fired confidently past Manuel Neuer. The lead did not last long though, as Muller capitalised on some poor defending to fire high into the roof of the net to win it.

After the game, Strachan admitted that he thought his side would go on and win after levelling at 1-1. He said: “At 1-1, I genuinely believed we were going to win the game. I saw players playing with no fear. The first 20 minutes, it wasn’t fear. They tried to rush passes. We lost the ball quite a lot and it gave Germany easy possession.

“The second half we played with no fear. They really should be proud of what they did. The longer the game went on, the more of a threat we had. All we need to do is work on the first 20 minutes, get that sorted out then we’ll be fine, we’ll be good.”

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