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German fans stunned by World Cup elimination

Fans tried to come to grips with the loss.

June 27, 2018 - 10:18 am

BERLIN (AP) — Germans are shaking their heads in disbelief after their defending champion team was eliminated from the group stage of the World Cup in a 2-0 loss to South Korea.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert took the stiff-upper-lip approach, tweeting after Wednesday's loss "Not our World Cup - that is sad! More tournaments will come where we can celebrate."

In the capital, bars and public viewing areas emptied out quickly as fans tried to come to grips with the loss.

Leaving a patio bar at Berlin's Alexanderplatz, an upset Tiffany Tuchen said Germany gave up too many chances to win.

She said "I can't believe it, my pulse was 180 the whole game, but they deserved to lose."

Lamented her friend Kerstin Fahrenholz: "The worst case scenario actually happened."