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Germany Thank Russia for Hospitality After Crashing Out of World Cup

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The German national football team has thanked Russia for their hospitality after crashing out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The defending champions crashed out of the tournament after losing 2-0 to South Korea in Kazan on Wednesday. This is the first time since 1938 that Germany has failed to qualify from the group stage of the World Cup.

"Dear fans, we are just as disappointed as you are… We apologize that we did not play like world champions. Therefore, we have quite deserved losing our title… We congratulate Sweden and Mexico on reaching playoffs, and South Korea on their yesterday's victory. We thank Russia for their hospitality," the team posted on their official Twitter account.

​READ MORE: South Korea Crushes Germany 2-0, Defending Champions Fail to Enter Playoffs

They added in another post that sports included "defeats and the admission that the opponents were better."

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russia.

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