AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — One other World Cup, one other flop.
Soccer’s former powerhouse Germany face one other spherical of soul-searching after crashing out of the game’s largest match within the first spherical for the second time in a row.
Germany’s gamers spoke afterwards about good performances and missed probabilities – as they’ve earlier than.
However nobody had actual solutions to the crew’s issues.
“There are 25 specialists sitting collectively right here. You may all advise one another after which agree on some particulars,” Thomas Müller stated after Germany’s Four-2 win over Costa Rica. on Thursday.
Germany’s destiny was successfully sealed after they misplaced their first match 2-1 to Japan, adopted by a 1-1 draw with Spain.
It left Germany on the backside of Group E and depending on a favor from Spain. It by no means got here as Japan beat Spain of their closing match to high the group. Spain progressed forward of Germany on purpose distinction.
“I by no means take a look at one other crew, it is as much as us,” Germany coach Hansi Flick stated of counting on Spain. “I believe ultimately the sum of all of it contributed to our elimination. We had a whole lot of probabilities, both within the first half or within the first 60 minutes of the sport in opposition to Japan, and even on the finish in opposition to Spain once we had one other big alternative. You actually need to take these probabilities.”
What Flick failed to say is that Spain additionally missed various probabilities to place their recreation on the road in opposition to Germany earlier than Niclas Füllkrug’s late equaliser.
That purpose proved to be the spotlight for Germany, though it proved to be of little worth in one other disappointing efficiency on the massive stage.
“We have not been in a position to reside as much as expectations at tournaments lately as a result of as a crew I might say we do not actually have the specialists to run in all places. We’ve a whole lot of gamers who’re very proficient. Sure,” Müller stated earlier than letting the emedia convention individuals end their ideas.
Germany, World Cup 2014 champion, additionally fell within the group stage on the match in Russia 2018. Eventually 12 months’s European Championship, postponed by the coronavirus, Germany was eradicated within the second spherical.
“I believe we actually cannot say the place we’re,” Germany captain Manuel Neuer stated of the crew’s place in world soccer.
Previous to the 2018 World Cup, Germany had reached at the very least the semi-final stage of each main competitors they’d entered for the reason that 2006 World Cup they hosted.
“I joined the crew in 2016. Germany was at all times within the semi-final earlier than that,” stated midfielder Joshua Kimmich. “Then we go out and in (of the World Cup) within the first spherical and final 12 months within the second spherical (of the European Championship), it is exhausting to take.”
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