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France coach Didier Deschamps said that Germany's experience of the big occasion and his side's poor finishing proved crucial as Les Bleus bowed out of the World Cup on Friday.
"There was not much between the sides," he said after the 1-0 quarter final defeat at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. "One team is more used to these occasions and has more experience.
"We were not clinical in front of goal and Manuel Neuer made an important save at the end" from Karim Benzema.
"We played much as we had done during the tournament but Germany are a better side than what we have faced so far," said the coach, who nevertheless believes the future is bright for Les Bleus.
"We don't have the same experience at this level as Germany but I am proud of what the players have done on and off the field.
"There is work to be done, but the materials are there and we need to maintain the same quality and the same spirit.
"There is lots of sadness and frustration among the players but we can't forget what we have done well up to now.
"I am proud of everyone and am proud to have come this far with them," said Deschamps.
"It was tough this evening, we lacked sharpness," commented midfielder Mathieu Valbuena said.
"They (Germany) did not have an enormous number of chances, they had a lot of success with one free kick," he said of Mats Hummels 13th minute goal from a Tony Kroos' free kick.
"We had a lot of chances but we did not put them away, we are just dead tonight," Valbuena told Bein Sport television.
Karim Benzema had a couple of great chances, notably in the dying seconds when he worked himself some space but his shot was batted away by the impressive German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
"We can be proud of our campaign," said Benzema.
"We had a lot of chances in the match but the goalkeeper was on his game and had a great match," added the Real Madrid striker.
Midfielder Yohan Cabaye said the Germans had the extra knowhow to see them off.
"We were not far away from a qualification. They had a bit more experience on their side. We have to accept it, but its tough," said the Paris St Germain midfielder.
The defeat was "cruel", he added.