Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 10/23/14

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - MAY 19: President of the World Cup 2006 Organizing Committee Franz Beckenbauer looks on during the Press Conference of the Organising Committee of the ARAG World Team Cup and the Organising Committee of the FIFA World Cup 2006 at the Rochusclub on May 19, 2005 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Franz Beckenbauer blamed a "lifeless" first half for Germany's Euro 2012 semi-final exit to Italy on Thursday night. A Mario Balotelli double before half-time stunned Joachim Low's side, who had gone into the match as favourites after winning their past 14 competitive matches. Mesut Ozil pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in injury-time of an improved second half, but it came too late to leave Germany without a major title since Euro 96. "It hurts alot. Too bad. Too bad. I thought after 16 years after winning Euro 96 in England that we were again ready to win a title," former Germany coach and captain Beckenbauer wrote in Bild. "Something is still missing. Now we will have to wait another two years for a title shot. "The first-half performance was a mystery to me after we performed so confidently in the four games beforehand. "The first 45 minutes were deeply disappointing. That was not the true German team. "They seemed c...
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