Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said that he felt that his side's shortcomings had been laid bare in their loss to the world champions.

"I'm not surprised by our performances here. I've always said that Cameroon have one of the best teams in Africa, but that there is still a major gap between us and world-class teams like Germany," said the Belgian, who pointed to infrastructure and development issues as the main reasons for this gulf. "Germany had a period in which they'd stopped winning and then they totally overhauled their development system," he added.

As for Joachim Low, who marked his 150th match in charge of his country with his 100th victory, he voiced his pride and insisted that Die Mannschaft's presence in the semi-finals was no foregone conclusion.

"It was all or nothing today," said Low, before admitting that his charges had lacked ruthlessness early on. "It's our fault that we didn't score earlier. My players are young and they were nervous in the first half. They knew that one mistake could have meant us being knocked out. Cameroon offered us openings, but we weren't able to exploit them [until after the break]."

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