Mats Hummels has stated that Germany’s group stage exit from the World Cup finals for the first time since 1938 was a “bitter” shock for the team.
DAILY POST reports that the Germans’ 2-0 defeat to South Korea in Kazan on Wednesday meant they finished bottom of Group F and sends Joachim Loew’s side home after two defeats and a single victory.
“It is a really, really bitter evening for us,” admitted Hummels, who squandered a late chance when he headed over.
“The situation is very difficult to put into words,” he told ZDF.
“We did not put the ball in the net, even though we had plenty of opportunities, including myself in the 86th minute — I have to score from chances like that.
“It is a very bitter evening for us and for all German football fans.
“We believed in it until the very end, we tried to shoot, but we just couldn’t get the ball in.
“We had plenty of opportunities, we broke our necks trying out there today.
“We put ourselves in this situation after the Mexican game,” he admitted after the Germans lost their opener 1-0 to Mexico.
“The last game we delivered a good performance was in the autumn of 2017.”