DOWN AND OUT

Photos: Germany’s stunned reaction to its World Cup exit

Defeat is lonely.
Defeat is lonely.
Image: Reuters/Dylan Martinez
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Reigning World Cup champion Germany has been knocked out of the tournament in its earliest stage.

A painful 2-0 loss to South Korea today (June 27) in Kazan, Russia inspired shock, dejection, and incredulous reactions from German fans and the national team’s players. All this after Germany had to deal with the shame of Auftaktniederlage—a “loss in the first game of a competition”  vs. Mexico.

A trio of Germany fans embrace at a match viewing in Berlin.
A trio of Germany fans embrace at a match viewing in Berlin.
Image: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke
Fans of Germany react in Saint Petersburg.
Fans of Germany react in Saint Petersburg.
Image: Reuters/Henry Romero
No consolation for German fans after the knockout loss.
No consolation for German fans after the knockout loss.
Image: Reuters/Pilar Olivares
German coach Joachim Loew appears on TV screens after his team was scored on by South Korea as fans watch in an electronics store near Bonn, Germany.
German coach Joachim Loew appears on TV screens after his team was scored on by South Korea as fans watch in an electronics store near Bonn, Germany.
Image: Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay
Germany fans embrace after the loss.
Germany fans embrace after the loss.
Image: Reuters/John Sibley
A Germany fan remains seated after the match that pushed Germany out of the tournament.
A Germany fan remains seated after the match that pushed Germany out of the tournament.
Image: Reuters/John Sibley
Germany’s Niklas Suele reacts as South Korea’s Son Heung-min celebrates after their group F match.
Germany’s Niklas Suele reacts as South Korea’s Son Heung-min celebrates after their group F match.
Image: AP Photo/Frank Augstein
Dejected fans of Germany fans in the stands after the loss.
Dejected fans of Germany fans in the stands after the loss.
Image: AP Photo/Frank Augstein
Germany’s players walk off the pitch as South Korea’s Ju Se-jong celebrates the win.
Germany’s players walk off the pitch as South Korea’s Ju Se-jong celebrates the win.
Image: AP Photo/Lee Jin-man
A Germany fan sits dejected in the stands.
A Germany fan sits dejected in the stands.
Image: AP Photo/Frank Augstein
A fan sits in the stands, still dressed to root on Germany, after the loss.
A fan sits in the stands, still dressed to root on Germany, after the loss.
Image: AP Photo/Lee Jin-man
Germany’s Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller on the bench after team’s last 2018 cup match.
Germany’s Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller on the bench after team’s last 2018 cup match.
Image: AP Photo/Frank Augstein
Germany’s Mesut Ozil, Antonio Rudiger, Marco Reus and Thomas Muller can’t yet move on.
Germany’s Mesut Ozil, Antonio Rudiger, Marco Reus and Thomas Muller can’t yet move on.
Image: Reuters/John Sibley
A Germany fan reacts as she watches the broadcast in Saint Petersburg.
A Germany fan reacts as she watches the broadcast in Saint Petersburg.
Image: Reuters/Henry Romero
Germany’s Mario Gomez, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller are stunned at the result.
Germany’s Mario Gomez, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller are stunned at the result.
Image: Reuters/Dylan Martinez