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'We deserved it': German fans reckon with World Cup exit

Mueller bemoans 'absolute catastrophe'

02 December, 12:15
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, DEC 2 - In a quickly-emptying east Berlin bar, Eric Warncke is "disappointed" by Germany's shock exit from the World Cup, but says he already suspected it might happen. After a surprise 2-1 loss in the opening game to Japan, the team left themselves a hill to climb to make it through to the knockout round in Qatar. A tense 1-1 draw against Spain gave them hope of qualification, but the Spaniards' own defeat at the hands of the Japanese Thursday sealed the Germans' fate despite a turbulent 4-2 win over Costa Rica. "Nobody expected Japan to beat Spain, but in the end we were knocked out deservedly," Warncke, 27, says. To his mind, there are "too few characters, too few leaders" in Hansi Flick's squad compared with the previous sides. Germany used to pride itself on being a "tournament team", which always had a chance of winning World Cups. "Individually they are all good players, but it's not a team," he says, lamenting the disappearance of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski, who lifted the trophy in 2014. Like him, his friend Rico Wagner, 23, summed up the feeling: "Disappointed, but we also deserved it". - Viewing figures - After a rollercoaster game in which Germany first seemed to be going through, then did not and finally could not do enough despite a late push, the fans in the bar showed their frustration. Even before the TV commentator confirmed Japan's win and Germany's exit, crying "this is a debacle, this is a disaster," some fans grabbed their coats and headed for the door. The full-time whistle, when it came, was met with angry shouts.

Germany forward Thomas Mueller said his country's second successive first-round exit from the World Cup was an "absolute catastrophe", which team-mate Kai Havertz likened to "watching a horror movie". The Germans beat Costa Rica 4-2 but Spain slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Japan on Thursday that meant Germany finished third in Group E behind Spain, with the teams equal on four points and the positions decided only by goal difference. "It is unbelievably bitter for us because our result would have been enough," Mueller said. "It's a feeling of powerlessness." (ANSA-AFP).

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