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Manuel Neuer goes on holiday after Germany crash out of World Cup 2018

first_imgJune 27, 2018 will go down as a ‘dark day’ in Germany’s footballing history. They lost their last group game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup 2-0 against South Korea. They subsequently crashed out of the World Cup for the first time of the group stage of the tournament for the first time in their history.”It’s a dark day for German football,” Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had said after the match.A week has passed since, the World has moved on and Neuer is trying too. He is currently on a holiday, trying to get over the loss in the World Cup.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”Ups and downs are normal in sports. Hard to believe that our holidays have already started…Missing the FIFA World Cup,” he posted on Instagram with photos of him on a holiday.There had been some worrying signs, though, in the buildup to the tournament. Germany failed to keep clean sheets in its last five friendly games before the tournament, even losing to Austria 2-1 in early June.Fans, media slam biggest disgrace in German World Cup historyIn Russia, the Germans got off to a terrible start with a 1-0 loss to Mexico, and their campaign ended on an even more bitter note after a stoppage-time winner from Toni Kroos against Sweden gave the false impression they had finally kick-started their tournament.German coach shocked after World Cup 2018 eliminationWhatever the reasons, the truth is that Germany never played as a team in Russia and the loss to South Korea marked the end of a glorious era. Aside from Kroos’ flash of brilliance, Loew’s players lacked team spirit and intensity.advertisementMissed opportunities will haunt me, says German star HummelsThey looked sluggish and most of the time deprived of ideas. Even worse, they were incapable of a strong reaction when they were told Sweden had taken the lead against Mexico in the group other match, meaning they needed to score a goal to qualify.”You have to say we do not deserve (to progress),” goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said. “In the second round everybody would have liked to play against us. How are we going to be dangerous to an opponent if we do not get our performance right? We gave a bad picture in the three games. I cannot answer why that happened. We have to take responsibility. We screwed up, we screwed up together.”All that Germany have is to look forward to the next time. Qatar 2022 will again give then them the opportunity to right the wrongs of Russia 2018.(With inputs from AP)last_img

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