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Euro 2016 qualifying: Germany need killer instinct, says Manuel Neuer

Germany goalkeeper calls on team's strikers to rediscover their form after world champions struggle to beat Georgia 2-1 to make Euro 2016 cut

Leipzig: Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has called on Germany's strikers to rediscover their killer instinct after they finished their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in underwhelming fashion.

Germany players celebrate after their second goal
Germany players celebrate after their second goal

The world champions needed a 79th-minute winner from Max Kruse to beat Georgia 2-1 and seal top spot in Group D, three days after losing 1-0 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

Thomas Mueller netted a 50th-minute penalty for Germany only for Georgia captain Jaba Kankava to make up for conceding the spot kick by hitting a superb equaliser for the visitors.

Germany finished only a point ahead of second-placed Poland and just four clear of Ireland in third.

And Bayern Munich keeper Neuer, who pulled off a number of impressive stops against Georgia to save his side further embarrassment, said their failure to take chances was becoming a problem.

"In training we score 50 goals. One of every few balls goes in the net," he said on www.dfb.de.

"We need the killer instinct up front and are making life difficult for ourselves. We were struggling for a bit after the equaliser as well.

"That has to change for the European Champions. Hopefully we will find the form that everyone knows us for again."

Other results
Gibraltar 0-6 Scotland
Armenia 0-3 Albania
Serbia 1-2 Portugal
Faroe Islands 0-3 Romania
Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland

Dutch Euro hopes slump

The Netherlands are on the brink of missing the 2016 Euros for the first time since 1984. Two defeats in their three opening matches against the Czech Republic and Iceland made their task difficult and their record of four wins, four defeats and a draw leaves the Dutch two points behind Turkey with a game to play. The Turks host Iceland and are in control of their own destiny, while the Netherlands must beat the Czechs to keep their hopes alive.

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