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Germans thank Russian hospitality after World Cup exit

Brazilians hold funeral for Germany while Mexicans hold parade for South Korea; sports are great Germany shows World Cup grit, now has chance to advance | The Sun Herald
Isaac Mcdaniel | 02 July, 2018, 08:59

For the first time in their World Cup history, Germany were eliminated in the group stage.

He said: "With the offensive play and set pieces we really could have scored at any point - maybe we should have scored in the first half on some of those occasions".

Even in Yekaterinburg, almost 500 miles away, the Mexican fans expected Germany to score.

"But this not the time for this, we have to analyse things, why it did not work, but I assume he will continue".

After beating Germany, 1-0, and South Korea, 2-1, Mexico appeared to be cruising in Russian Federation, but it still faced the possibility of exiting if it lost to Sweden and Germany beat South Korea.

"I don't understand it", said a disappointed Tim Mueller, a fan wearing a Germany T-shirt who lingered at the Fan Mile after many had left.

"It is a really, really bitter evening for us", defender Mats Hummels added. "A year ago we thought we were unbeatable for the next decade after winning the Confederations Cup and within 12 months we're back down to earth". "I'm shocked that we didn't manage to pull it off".

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He will also hope their defence can continue to hold firm after conceding only one goal in the group phase. The last time these two sides met was in 2009 in an worldwide friendly which Messi and co had won 2-0.

"After the Mexico match we had a long chat.He's very open to comments and highly self-critical". "In the end, it was not enough". We have energetic legs on the pitch and we're sticking to the game plan.

Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 to top Group E and cruise through to a last-16 meeting with Mexico.

The FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russian Federation.

England manager Gareth Southgate says Germany's shock World Cup exit has no impact on his side.

Switzerland joined Brazil in the second round as runners-up after they drew 2-2 with Costa Rica in Nizhny Novogrod. Mexico's Edson Alvarez had an own goal in the 74th minute.

The Swiss will face the Swedes in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday but must do so without captain Stephan Lichtsteiner who will be suspended after picking up a yellow card.

Having apparently rescued their tournament with a last-gasp victor against Sweden in their second match, Low was convinced they would go on to beat the winless South Koreans and qualify.

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