The German national football team on Thursday thanked Russia for their hospitality after crashing out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Also Read - WATCH: Diego Maradona Scores Iconic 'Hand of God' Goal Against England at 1986 World Cup

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 - FIFA Cancels Next Year's U-17 Women's World Cup in India, Allots it 2022 Edition

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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)