Germans are still searching for answers on Thursday following their side's shock exit from the 2018 World Cup finals after a 2-0 defeat to South Korea left the 2014 Champions with just three points from their group matches. I really had the feeling that the team, they really wanted to go forward.
Germany went 1-0-2 in the Tournament with their only win coming against Sweden when Toni Kroos scroed the game victor deep into added time.
In 2002, the U.S. lost Poland, 3-1, on the final day of the group stage, but South Korea beat Portugal, 1-0, on a late goal from Park Ji-Sung, when a tie would have sent the Portuguese into the final 16 along with South Korea, the World Cup co-host.
Even in Yekaterinburg, almost 500 miles away, the Mexican fans expected Germany to score.
'You didn't get the feeling that we were playing at a World Cup, ' was captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's damning appraisal.
"Unfortunately - or maybe fortunately - we have no experience of such an early exit from the World Cup", said Rolf Buerkl, an expert at the GfK market research group.
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"As I have said before, my players play with heart, they are true rebels". We are very confident in our capabilities and the preparation we've had.
If he goes, the 58-year-old's misguided loyalty in senior players like Muller, Hummels, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Jerome Boateng will have been a key factor in his downfall. I'm shocked, I'm shocked because we didn't manage to pull it off today. "The last game we delivered a good performance was in the autumn of 2017".
"We decided in the DFB executive committee before the World Cup to offer a contract extension", DFB boss Reinhard Grindel told Frankfurt-based newspaper FAZ. "I wasn't happy with the way we defended but that's a learning curve for me".
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.
He said: "Germany are out of the World Cup - words that have never been uttered before at the end of a group-stage match".
As the game wound down, people started sneaking away and then streaming home after South Korea's second goal in the final minutes.
He also revealed that Bayern Munich's Sebastian Rudy will not play in the decisive match against South Korea on Wednesday after breaking his nose in previous match.