Cologne - Thomas Müller acknowledged Germany's inability to take their chances led to Thursday's 1-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland and has kept the World Cup winners waiting for a place at UEFA EURO 2016.

Thomas Müller: "It was obvious what would happen right from the start: they'd defend deep and play long balls. They shut down the space and did it well, but we still had lots of good chances. We gave them too many opportunities in the second half though, and then conceded the goal. We didn't play that poorly, but not scoring and giving away too many chances made the difference today."

Manuel Neuer: "We didn't play all that badly. We should have used the flanks a bit more going forward. On the whole, we were pretty good, but we should have scored. We know we still have work to do to qualify."

Mats Hummels: "It was my mistake for the goal, but we created a lot going forward. I decided too late for their goal, and we should have been defending deeper. We didn't give away much defensively, but they took the one big chance they had. They made a lot of very little."

Joachim Löw: "It was an unexpected and wholly unnecessary defeat. I cannot criticise the team for their fighting spirit, but you have to possess a clinical streak and quality to score goals. We dominated, but we didn't make anything out of that. We played a little carelessly in the second half. We lacked the killer ball, and then we made our only mistake and it led to a goal."