Misery of a nation that made winning a habit: German supporters in tears over shock Euros defeat to England
- German fans were left in tears after England knocked their team out of the Euros
- England hadn’t beaten Germany in major tournament since the 1966 World Cup
- Of the 45,000 fans at Wembley Stadium about 1,800 were cheering Germany on
- They were left disappointed after Kane header sealed victory for the Three Lions
As England’s players and fans celebrated last night, German supporters tried to come to terms with their team’s devastating loss.
Many supporters were reduced to tears – as was one of their star footballers.
Defender Joshua Kimmich began crying as soon as the final whistle sounded to end the hopes of a country that had got all too used to winning against England at Wembley.
He was comforted by Thomas Mueller, his Bayern Munich team-mate, who scored two of the goals that knocked England out of the World Cup in 2010.
German fans were left in tears after England knocked their team out of the Euros this evening
German fans react after their first loss to England in major tournament since 1966 World Cup
Yesterday’s defeat was especially bitter for the Germans because it came at the hands of the Three Lions, their long-standing rivals.
The country’s best-selling newspaper, Bild, expressed the heartache of 83million people with its headline about the match: ‘It’s all off, we’re out!’
There were around 1,800 German expats among the 45,000-strong crowd at Wembley for the match, but their heartfelt applause and chants were drowned out by the far larger home contingent of England supporters.
Prominent German fans were magnanimous in defeat.
It was a tense match for all fans at Wembley Stadium as it remained goal-less at half time but England fans (pictured right) were rewarded for their patience. Pictured (L): Germany’s midfielder Joshua Kimmich and Germany’s forward Thomas Mueller (R) react to their defeat
Germany and England fans in the stands prior to the Euro 2020 round of 16 match at Wembley
German foreign minister Heiko Maas had bet Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab a crate of beer that his team would win. After the final whistle blew, he tweeted: ‘Congratulations Dominic Raab and England on a great win!
‘A German saying goes, “Wettschulden sind Ehrunschulden” or “betting debts are debts of honour”. So you’ll get your crate of German beer.’
German ambassador Andreas Michaelis said: ‘A much deserved victory. This great competition between England and Germany will continue.’
Former German footballer Jurgen Klinsmann praised England, telling the Three Lions: ‘It’s your tournament.’
However, German Chancellor Angel Merkel may have an uncomfortable week – she is due in London on Friday for talks with Boris Johnson.
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