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Jerome Boateng: 'Only ourselves to blame'

Germany defender Jerome Boateng admits that his team only have themselves to blame after drawing 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in Euro 2016 qualifying.

Germany defender Jerome Boateng has admitted that he and his teammates only have themselves to blame following Tuesday's draw with the Republic of Ireland.

The world champions looked on course for an important win in Gelsenkirchen before an injury-time equaliser from John O'Shea salvaged the visitors a point.

The result has left Germany in third place in Group D, three points behind leaders Poland.

"We blame it on ourselves," Boateng told Bild. "If you lose the ball that close to full time and concede a goal, you're practically begging for it to happen.

"We must clear the ball. It's just so cheap to concede a goal. This is a young team but also the youngest have played in the Champions League. This shouldn't happen to us easily."

Germany resume their qualifying campaign on November 14 when they entertain Gibraltar.

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Republic of Ireland's defender John O'Shea celebrates scoring the last minute equalizer with his team-mates during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group D qualifying football match Germany vs Republic of Ireland in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on October 14, 2014
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