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Euro 2016: 'I was busy today' admits Northern Ireland keeper Michael McGovern

Published 21/06/2016

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern (left) punches clear from the head of Germany's Mats Hummels (centre) during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern (left) punches clear from the head of Germany's Mats Hummels (centre) during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern admits his side can be hugely proud of their battling performance against Germany - providing the result means they make it through to the last 16 of Euro 2016.

The team's hopes of reaching the knockout stages remain in the air following the 1-0 loss to the world champions in Paris, with Michael O'Neill's men now waiting on results from elsewhere to see if they can go through as one of best third-place sides.

Asked how proud he was of Northern Ireland's display in limiting dominant Germany to just one goal, McGovern told BBC1: "Time will tell. If it's good enough to get us through the group, and maybe we'll know in the next 24-48 hours, then obviously immensely proud, but if it's not then we'll be very disappointed."

McGovern was outstanding as the underdogs battled to keep from being completely overrun by the Germans, whose only breakthrough came from Mario Gomez in the 29th minute.

Hamilton keeper McGovern said: "I was busy today. It was mentally very hard, we were under a lot of pressure, and even when they scored we knew every goal was crucial with goal difference and things like that, so we wanted to keep it at one and maybe even nick an equaliser.

"It wasn't meant to be on that side of things but it was important to keep the score down, because they are an excellent team, they are world champions.

"I think they've had a bit of a slow start in the first couple of games, but I thought they were excellent today. We couldn't really get out but we worked so hard and hopefully it's enough to get through."

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