The World Cup holders were dumped out of the tournament on Wednesday following a 2-0 defeat to South Korea.
"We didn't make it to the round of 16. but we sent the world number one packing", said a headline in Seoul's major Dong-A daily. I'm still angry and disappointed and at the same time I feel sorry for all our fans who supported us in the stadium or at home in front of the tv or at public viewings.
But the late changes failed to spark Germany into life as Korea hung on for a famous win that, unfortunately for the impressive Asians, saw them bow out after Sweden beat Mexico 3-0.
The four-time winners came to Russian Federation as one of the favourites but became the fourth side this century to lose in the group stage after winning the previous tournament following a 2-0 defeat against unfancied South Korea.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who was at fault for Korea's second goal after coming out of his goal and playing in midfield - where he lost possession - insists he has no plans to retire from global football.
Germany are the fourth of the last five reigning champions to go out in the group stage, and their performance in the 2018 World Cup was among the least inspiring of all the perennial powerhouses. You'd imagine many Germans will be needing a holiday after the horror of seeing their team humbled by already eliminatedSouth Korea.
As the champions clambered around for an equaliser, Manuel Neuer charged up the pitch, allowing Tottenham's Son Heung-min to slide the ball into an empty net. From a high of a 66% audience share during the 2002 World Cup and 60% four years later, the average for the opening two games was 37%.
"We beat the world champions from the last World Cup and now I'm looking forward to the next World Cup".
"We've done a fantastic job today with this match", he said in Yekaterinburg, ahead of a last-16 clash against either Brazil, Switzerland or Serbia. We might have just witnessed the moment of the tournament, however.
The Germans kept peppering the South Korea box with harmless crosses and it was their opponents that came close to scoring from a set piece in the 19th minute after Neuer failed to control a 25-meter free kick from Jung Woo-young. It looked as if South Korea would be heading home with zero points and three defeats from three games.
The two goals scored by Germany are now the fewest they have scored in a single World Cup campaign. But instead it was Sweden and Mexico who advanced after the Scandinavians romped to a 3-0 win in the group's other match.
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