Rival fans rejoice at Germany’s humiliating elimination

June 27, 2018

England fans are celebrating tonight after arch rivals Germany went out of the World Cup

Football fans around the world could not hide their glee today as Germany crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage after losing 2-0 to South Korea.

The defending champions had to beat the Koreans in their final group match or hope Sweden could not get a result against Mexico.

But despite peppering the Korean goals with shots, the Germans conceded two and, after Sweden won 3-0, Joachim Löw’s side were sent home from Russia earlier than expected.

The result sparked joy for fans across the globe – especially of the Three Lions, who have often been knocked out of big competitions by Germany in the past, most memorably at Italia 90 and in Euro 96.

The result comes eight years to the day since Germany knocked England out of the 2010 World Cup by beating them 4-1 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

There was despair for Germans in Russia, Berlin and around the world, with some reduced to tears at their side’s horrific tournament.

 

The defending champions had to beat the Koreans in their final group match or hope Sweden could not get a result against Mexico . But despite peppering the Korean goals with shots, the Germans conceded two and, after Sweden won 3-0, Joachim Löw's side were sent home from Russia earlier than expected

The defending champions had to beat the Koreans in their final group match or hope Sweden could not get a result against Mexico . But despite peppering the Korean goals with shots, the Germans conceded two and, after Sweden won 3-0, Joachim Löw’s side were sent home from Russia earlier than expected.

 

German fans were inconsolable at the final whistle as their team was sent home from Russia

 

German fans were inconsolable at the final whistle as their team was sent home from Russia

 

German fans in Berlin cannot believe their eyes as their team is sent home in the group stage

German fans in Berlin cannot believe their eyes as their team is sent home in the group stage

Football fans in Berlin react after Germany was eliminated from the World Cup as they watch the Group F World Cup match

 

Football fans in Berlin react after Germany was eliminated from the World Cup as they watch the Group F World Cup match

 

After a last minute goal from Toni Kroos saw the Germans edge past Sweden 2-1 on Saturday, the world champions knew they needed a win to go through.

But in the dying minutes of the match the Germans were stunned after Kim Young-gwon netted for South Korea.

And as they piled on the pressure to save themselves from an embarassing exit, Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min ended their World Cup dream with a 96th minute goal.

German fans inside the stadium were so angry after the final whistle that one of them was involved in a heated clash with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil as he left the pitch.

The supporter had to be held back by security as Ozil appeared to shout at the fan after full-time.

The landmark defeat would appear to be a good portent for England, however, as Three Lions fans on Twitter pointed out that the last time the national side went further than Germany was in 1966.

Many England fans could not contain themselves after the shock exit with scores of people tweeting ‘auf wiedersehen’, German for goodbye.

Gary Lineker tweeted: ‘Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans no longer always win. Previous version is confined to history.’

But England fans weren’t the only group rejoicing at the German’s early exit on social media as Brazilian fans took the chance to gloat after their 7-1 drubbing in Belo Horizonte back in 2014.

Fox News Brazil simply tweeted: ‘HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!’

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Germany looks dejected as his team crash out of the competition

 

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Germany looks dejected as his team crash out of the competition

 

‘As an England fan you just come to expect it. ‘We could have faced them in the next couple of games but now a huge burden has been lifted.

‘We’ve still got tough games ahead. But no Germans in the way is the best news we could have hoped for.’

Danny Hunter, 55, Chairman of Boreham Wood football club who is in Kaliningrad for England’s match with Belgium said: ‘If I’m honest I don’t feel any sadness over Germany going out.

‘I’m not anti-German at all but they have had us over a few times! ‘I’ve been to eight tournaments with England and I have to say no German team ahead of the best news.’

His son Daniel,30, added: ‘England can go forward now without the old enemy. ‘They had a psychological hold over us that has been broken by South Korea and Mexico. I think it’s time to celebrate.’

Jack Edwards, 28, of Chingford, Essex danced near the fan zone singing ‘England …England.’ He said: ‘This is a great feeling mate. No German resistance ahead for our boys. ‘Their team was so smug here thinking they would walk it to the final.

But it’s great not only for England but for all football. ‘I really think the so called big boys like Argentina and Brazil and Germany will be taught lessons here. ‘England, Sweden and Mexico have got the best chance ever to win the World Cup. It’s time for the under dog.’

England fans could not hide their glee as Germany crashed out of the World Cup today

England fans could not hide their glee as Germany crashed out of the World Cup today

In Berlin, fans held the heads in disbelief as they watched the South Korea’s first goal be disallowed by the linesman – then re-allowed by the referee after he consulted the VAR video system

The website of German daily Bild  had the huge headline ‘OUT!’ on its homepage after the defeat to South Korea today.

The newspaper’s website added: ‘But we did not deserve anything more’

Meanwhile, the English language version of the official German FA twitter account tweeted: ‘Speechless. Germany are out of the #WorldCup.’

After the historic defeat, the official account of the German national team tweeted: ‘As much as it hurts to bow out this early, congratulations to #SWE and #MEX. We wish you good luck in the knockouts.’

The homepage of the German newspaper Bild ran the headline 'Aus' meaning 'Out' today

Gobsmacked German fans held their heads after watching their team lose to South Korea

 

Gobsmacked German fans held their heads after watching their team lose to South Korea

 

The fans face the trip back to Germany before the knock-out stage of the tournament begins

 

The fans face the trip back to Germany before the knock-out stage of the tournament begins

 

A German fan finishes her beer in the Kazan Arena before planning her trip home

 

A German fan finishes her beer in the Kazan Arena before planning her trip home

 

German fans who had made the trip to Russia sat dejected in the stands of the Kazan Arena

 

German fans who had made the trip to Russia sat dejected in the stands of the Kazan Arena

 

A German fan looks off into the distance as he sits on his own in the stadium after the loss

 

A German fan looks off into the distance as he sits on his own in the stadium after the loss

 

Two German fans bedecked in national team memorabilia console one another after the match

 

Two German fans bedecked in national team memorabilia console one another after the match

 

Supporters were pictured crying into German flags as they left the stadium in Kazan after the defeat

England manager Gareth Southgate was holding a press conference at the same time as Germany were being dumped out of the finals. ‘Of course I am surprised,’ he said of both the defeat and the fact that the Germans are heading home after the group stage.

‘I was here last summer for the Confederations Cup and they brought a young team, they also won the Under-21 finals but in this tournament I think they have been ahead for about a minute-and-a-half in their matches.

‘It has been unusual to see them struggle as much as they have but the level of all of the teams is strong and they have played teams who have been tactically very good against them and exposed counter-attack situations in particular.

 

England manager Gareth Southgate was holding a press conference at the same time as Germany were being dumped out of the finals. 'Of course I am surprised,' he said of both the defeat and the fact that the Germans are heading home after the group stage'

Southgate continued: 'I don't think it has any bearing on us. 'What it shows is that, with Italy and Holland out before we got to this point, Chile - who were in the Confederations Cup final - as well and now Germany'

Southgate continued: ‘I don’t think it has any bearing on us. ‘What it shows is that, with Italy and Holland out before we got to this point, Chile – who were in the Confederations Cup final – as well and now Germany’

England supporters in Kaliningrad ahead of their final group match against Belgium tomorrow night

 

England supporters in Kaliningrad ahead of their final group match against Belgium tomorrow night

 

England supporters in Kaliningrad ahead of their match against Belgium were in high spirits after seeing Germany crash out

‘I didn’t look at that group and think automatically that they would go through. I watched some of the game and they were just unable to break South Korea down.’

Southgate continued: ‘I don’t think it has any bearing on us.

‘What it shows is that, with Italy and Holland out before we got to this point, Chile – who were in the Confederations Cup final – as well and now Germany.

‘There really is no opportunity to rest on where you are as a team or stop the constant improvement.

‘We have learned an enormous amount from studying Germany as a team.

‘We learned a lot from watching them last summer and have implemented some of that and they are a team that won the World Cup. Indirectly, I would say they have had a big bearing on what we are doing now but in sport and life you just have to keep evolving and improving and it just shows anyone is vulnerable on any given day.’

‘The biggest disgrace in German World Cup history!’: Germany’s media react with horror to ‘catastrophi nightmare’ of their team’s early exit

The German media have reacted with horror to the national team’s shock exit to South Korea in the World Cup.

Bild called the defeat ‘the biggest disgrace in German World Cup history. For the first time our team fails in a preliminary round.’

The tabloid went on describe the result as an ‘embarrassing end of a catastrophic group’ and a ‘nightmare’.

Die Welt said ‘the embarrassment is perfect’ and branded the team’s performance ‘harmless, unimaginative, listless’.

The German tabloid Bild captured the mood of the nation with its headline and picture of a distraught player 

 

The German tabloid Bild captured the mood of the nation with its headline and picture of a distraught player

 

The German media caught the shocked mood of the nation including this distraught fan who watched the game at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

 

The German media caught the shocked mood of the nation including this distraught fan who watched the game at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

 

The defending champions had to beat the Koreans in their final group match or hope Sweden could not get a result against Mexico.

But despite peppering the Korean goals with shots, the Germans conceded two and, after Sweden won 3-0, Joachim Löw’s side were sent home from Russia earlier than expected.

Spiegel led with the headline: ‘Germany is out!’ calling the defeat a ‘historic disgrace’.

‘For the first time in World Cup history, the German national team failed in the preliminary round,’ said the paper.

Two German fans in Hamburg console each other after the final whistle saw their team crash out of the World Cup at the group stage.

 

Two German fans in Hamburg console each other after the final whistle saw their team crash out of the World Cup at the group stage.

 

As the magnitude of the defeat began to sink in, Zeit carried a picture of two dejected players sitting on the bench watching the game unfold.

‘I’ll pack my suitcase … and take the German team with me,’ was the headline.

Focus.de said it was defeat for manager Joachim Löw’s ‘helpless troupe’ in what was a ‘shameful final appearance’ in the tournament.

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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