Dietmar Hamann was left to rue Germany's misfortune as his side were held 1-1 by Holland in Group D.
The Germans dominated the match in Porto only to concede a stunning late leveller to Ruud van Nistelrooy.
"We had the Dutch where we wanted them and then out of the blue came the equaliser - it was a great finish," Hamann told BBC Sport.
"I think we should have won. We were the better side. We can call ourselves a little bit unlucky."
And coach Rudi Voeller agreed with his midfielder: "It's a bit annoying. We should have added another one after 1-0 but nevertheless compliments to my team.
"We can live with it even if it was a little bit bitter at
the end. We didn't lose anything but we didn't win anything either."
Germany captain and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn said his side had played their best match for a long time.
"But you must maintain such a level for the full 90 minutes and the Dutch built up real pressure and they got their goal," Kahn said.
"This group will remain open until the last minute."
Earlier the Czech Republic had beat debutants Latvia 2-1 and are early leaders of Group D.