It must have been a night to forget for Rene Vollath. In the semi-final against Nigeria on Thursday, his two mistakes inside eight minutes in the first half turned the match in Nigeria's favour, and the Germans could not recover thereafter.
It was all the more disappointing for the No12 of Germany, as he had replaced Fabian Giefer as the first choice goalkeeper for coach Heiko Herrlich since his impressive performance in the last group game against Trinidad and Tobago.
However, the FC Nuremberg shot-stopper has recuperated from the nightmare and told FIFA.com that he is ready to stand between the posts again, whenever he is required to. If the youngster is given the last opportunity to make amends, he will be more than happy to grab it.
FIFA.com: Rene, what did coach Herrlich say to you after
the semi-final game against Nigeria?
Rene Vollath: He told me to keep my head up, because the match could not change the fact that I played well against USA and England. (Our captain) Toni also came straight toward me after the final whistle to tell me that I would definitely have another chance to prove myself against Ghana.
What was the worst moment of the game for you?
That was when Germany lost in the end, and I also made two mistakes which was crucial to our defeat. Every goal I allowed was hard to take.
Who is your favourite goalkeeper?
I don't have any special role model, but every goalkeeper who has established himself as a professional in his team is my idol.
What about the rivalry between three goalkeepers in Germany
Well, we compete against each other to be on the pitch. But off the field, we are one team. We get together before training to prepare and stretch. We don't hate each other!
You have seen Ghana play in the group stage. What do you
think is their most dangerous threat?
They play with quick players along the flanks and they can surprise any opponents they face.
What do you want to show in the match for third place, if
you're given another chance to play?
The game against Nigeria was a good experience and I want to prove that I can handle difficult situations. Even if I cannot start for the game, I want to thank everybody who has trusted me so far. I hope to give something back for them.