STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Champions’ curse ousts Germany

His players sat on the ground with their heads buried between their knees as if the world had ended. Joachim Low walked on to the pitch, the defeat accentuating the wrinkles on his face.

Published: 28th June 2018 04:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th June 2018 01:33 PM   |  A+A-

Soccer fans react after Germany was eliminated from the World Cup as they watch the group F World Cup match between South Korea and Germany as they visit the fan mile in Berlin. | AP

Express News Service

MOSCOW: His players sat on the ground with their heads buried between their knees as if the world had ended. Joachim Low walked on to the pitch, the defeat accentuating the wrinkles on his face.

In the stands, Germany’s fans filled the empty beer glasses they were holding with tears. For the defending champions, the World Cup was over. It was the first time they were exiting the tournament at this stage after 1938!

IN PICS | 'Champions' Curse' explained: Germany joins the band of defending champions to bow out early from WC 

Germany are the third straight champions to fail to progress beyond the group stages, after Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014. The curse of the World Cup champions is alive and well. No one expected this was how they were going to go out.

The difficult task was beating Sweden, which they completed with a goal seconds from close. South Korea was supposed to be a walkover. Why would the champions have a problem with a team steam-rolled by every other team in the group? Yet South Korea 2 Germany 0 sees Sweden and Mexico progress from Group F, with the Germans lying rock bottom!

Results            : Mexico 0 Sweden 3; South Korea 2 Germany 0.
On Tuesday    : Nigeria 1 Argentina 2; Iceland 1 Croatia 2.
On Thur­sd­ay    : Senegal vs Colombia & Japan vs Poland at 7.30 pm,
En­­­gland vs Belgium & Panama vs Tunisia at 11.30 pm



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp