German press unleashes emotions as their country was left humiliated after World Cup defeat

‘How embarrassing!’ German press unleashes emotions as their country was left humiliated after being knocked out of the World Cup following Japan victory

  • ‘The football world used to tremble in front of us. Now Germany is just a football dwarf,’ Bild says
  • ‘It’s an absolute disaster! I don’t know how to go on,’ Thomas Muller tells reporter
  • ‘After Russia 2018 we thought: It can’t get any worse. Since today, we know: It gets worse,’ says Bild 

Disappointment is looming in Germany following the country’s World Cup defeat tonight after Japan emerged victorious over Spain, leading to Germany’s exit from Qatar.

Germany’s media outlets have been reflecting the presumably sullen moods of German football fans worldwide, with tabloid Bild declaring ‘How embarrassing! We are out.’ 

‘For the second time in a row, Germany missed the knockout stages of a World Cup.

‘An embarrassing defeat against Japan, a strong draw against Spain and a resounding victory against Costa Rica,’ it added.

A Germany fans look dejected after his side's elimination from the tournament the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Costa Rica and Germany at Al Bayt Stadium on December 01, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar

A Germany fans look dejected after his side’s elimination from the tournament the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Costa Rica and Germany at Al Bayt Stadium on December 01, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar

Germany fans look disappointed after the FIFA World Cup Group E match at the Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar tonight

Germany fans look disappointed after the FIFA World Cup Group E match at the Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar tonight

Germany fans look on after their country is knocked out of the tournament during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Costa Rica and Germany at Al Bayt Stadium on December 01, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar

Germany fans look on after their country is knocked out of the tournament during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Costa Rica and Germany at Al Bayt Stadium on December 01, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar

‘After Russia 2018 we thought: It can’t get any worse. Since today, we know: It gets worse.’

‘IT IS A DISGRACE!’ it added – in full caps for emphasis.

Meanwhile, Der Speigel pointed out: ‘It’s also important to remember that only Costa Rica’s lucky win against Japan gave Germany the chance to go through to the last game.’

In the final moments of Germany’s match against Costa Rica, Zeit wrote: ‘That’s it, the Germans are out. Unless they score five more goals in the next minute and a half.’

It added: ‘In these moments my thoughts go to Matthias Ginter, who experienced his third World Cup but was only on the pitch for the final minutes against Costa Rica. Once world champion, twice in the preliminary round. It couldn’t be more bizarre.’

Spiegel liveblogger Sven Sharp also asked: ‘Was that Thomas Muller’s last international match? I can well imagine,’ moments before the player seemed to announce his retirement live on air.

Muller told German broadcaster ARD tonight: ‘It’s an absolute disaster! I don’t know how to go on.

‘If that was my last game, then I’d like to say a few words to the German football fans. It was an enormous pleasure, dear people. We’ve had great moments. I tried to keep my heart on the pitch in every game.’

Germany crashed out of the World Cup during group stages for the second year in a row – crushing fans’ hopes of glory and leaving exhausted players in tears on the pitch.

After failing to win either of their first two matches, Germany needed a victory over Costa Rica tonight and for Spain to beat Japan.

While they came from behind to beat Costa Rica 4-2, Japan secured first place in Group E with a 2-1 victory over Spain, leaving Hansi Flick’s men in third place and Costa Rica at the bottom of the table.

The Germans hit the post three times during Thursday’s match, in what will no doubt haunt the players as they’re sent packing this early in the tournament.

Germany's Thomas Muller looks forlorn after the match as Germany are eliminated from the World Cup tonight

Germany’s Thomas Muller looks forlorn after the match as Germany are eliminated from the World Cup tonight

Armel Bella Kotchap, Kai Havertz, David Raum of Germany Jonas Hofmann of Germany look dejected after Germany failed to qualify after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Costa Rica and Germany at Al Bayt Stadium on December 01, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar. (Photo by Stefan Matzke - sampics/Corbis via Getty Images)

Armel Bella Kotchap, Kai Havertz, David Raum and Jonas Hofmann of Germany look dismayed after Germany failed to qualify after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Costa Rica and Germany at Al Bayt Stadium on December 01, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar

Germany fans appear deflated after their team's elimination from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Costa Rica and Germany at Al Bayt Stadium on December 01, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar

Germany fans appear deflated after their team’s elimination from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E match between Costa Rica and Germany at Al Bayt Stadium on December 01, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar

But it’s one particular call from the Japan-Spain match which is already causing the most controversy.

Japan managed to keep the ball in play by mere millimetres before going on to score the goal which ultimately kept Spain at bay.

Already, fans have taken to social media to label it a ‘dodgy goal’, with one fan saying: ‘Germany have been knocked out of the World Cup by a couple of millimetres,’ with another adding: ‘It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch.’

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