‘Thank you Russia’: Germans show gratitude to World Cup hosts despite shock exit

28 Jun, 2018 16:53
‘Thank you Russia’: Germans show gratitude to World Cup hosts despite shock exit
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Germany have graciously thanked World Cup hosts Russia for the welcome they received at the tournament despite their stay not extending beyond the group stage.

The reigning champions crashed out after a shocking 2-0 defeat against South Korea in Ekaterinburg on Wednesday – meaning they finished bottom of Group F with just one win from their three games and exited the World Cup at the first hurdle for the first time since 1938.  

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Amid a string of tweets from the official German FA account after the shock defeat, they took the time to thank Russia for the hospitality displayed to Die Mannschaft.

The official German account maintained a dignified posture amid an outpouring of collective gloating at their demise.

The Germans graciously congratulated their group rivals Mexico and Sweden on their progress, as well as South Korea on their famous victory.

They also conceded that the team had simply not been good enough in Russia.

Iceland also took the time to thank the hosts after they bowed out at the group stage earlier in the week, tweeting about their “epic ride” at the World Cup and expressing gratitude for the warm welcome extended to them in Russia.

The Icelanders had made their mark in Russia by bringing their famous 'Viking Thunder Clap' with them, and will be missed by the locals and their fellow fans. 

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