Warsaw: Greece striker Damitris Salpingidis was proud of his country’s efforts despite their 4-2 defeat by Germany in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.
The striker, who was Greece`s top scorer at the tournament with two goals, also stated that Germany`s second goal changed the game.
He told Uefa`s official website: "We fought as hard as we could. We were much better in the second half. We believed more in ourselves, and we managed to equalise.
"Unfortunately, these things happen in football. Germany scored a second goal, then naturally we pushed for another, and they scored again.
"The point is that we fought as hard as we could and we leave the tournament with our heads held high."
Meanwhile, strike partner Giorgos Samaras who hit the Greek equaliser, is excited by the future of the national team and he is hoping that they can do better at World Cup 2014.
"The Greek team have plenty of young players, including myself, as I am only 27," the Celtic player said.
"We still have a future in front of us. I am sure many other young players will join the team.
"A new campaign looking to Brazil starts in September, and I believe that everyone in this team, as well as all Greeks, are hoping we will take part in those finals."
Their defeat to Germany, however, was of no great shame according to defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos and, like team-mate Salpingidis, he praised the spirit of the team.
He said: "We definitely played against a great team today; we knew that from the very first moment. This is one of the best teams of the moment, and one of the best teams of the past five years.”
"We did the best we could, and we scored two goals. Maybe we could have been more careful, but we put our soul into it, we did our best for Greece and for our people, and we really thank them for supporting us."
First Published: Saturday, June 23, 2012, 09:22