The German national football team on Thursday thanked Russia for their hospitality after crashing out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Also Read - Denmark Football Team's 2022 FIFA World Cup Jerseys Protest Against Host Qatar's Human Rights Violation of Migrant Workers

The defending bowed out of the tournament after losing 0-2 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, reports Sputnik news agency. Also Read - Qatar Changes National Emblem, Unveils New World Cup Jersey

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“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 victory. We thank Russia for their hospitality,” the German team posted on their official Twitter account.

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

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

(IANS feeds)