Germans started adjusting to a new world on Thursday, brushing off any notion that a shock humiliation in the soccer World Cup, which coincides with a rare moment of political instability, was symptomatic of national decline. I really had the feeling that the team, they really wanted to go forward.
Germany entered their final game of Group F knowing a victory over then-bottom placed South Korea would likely see them through to the knockout stage, despite struggles at time during their first two games.
Germany may have suffered a humiliating early exit in the 2018 World Cup following their 2-0 defeat at the hands of South Korea on Wednesday, but that didn't stop them from accepting their defeat graciously.
Mexico's only hope was Germany, the defending champion, didn't win.
"Dear fans, we are just as disappointed as you are". "There were just so many things running through the whole cup", the former Liverpool midfielder said.
"It is a really, really bitter evening for us", defender Mats Hummels added. "The players, the entire team, the technical officials, we wanted to do everything to give our players the chance to succeed on the pitch". Meanwhile, down by two goals against Sweden, Mexican fans turned to the other match to learn their fate. "And at the end, we didn't succeed in our penetration in the final third".
"We've done a fantastic job today with this match", Andersson said. "I wasn't happy with the way we defended but that's a learning curve for me".
After failing to fire in their opening match in Russian Federation, a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, Brazil appear to be finding their normal fluency with each match as they go in search of a sixth World Cup.
England manager Gareth Southgate says Germany's shock World Cup exit has no impact on his side.
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. Mexico's Edson Alvarez had an own goal in the 74th minute.
- It was an astonishing set of a matches played at the same time Wednesday that had teams from four countries all biting their nails.