Passers-by on the streets of Berlin commiserated on Thursday morning, after the German team was knocked out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup by South Korea the previous evening. Some people expressed surprise at the fact that the defending World Cup champions were knocked out so early on in the tournament. One man said, «I was totally disappointed. It was a real surprise for everyone, I think... Еще.» However, another man commented, «the World Cup this time has given us a lot of surprises.» He went on to explain that fans have been surprised «from small countries that are ascending and from the big nations, from whom we expect things, have been having difficulties.» A woman criticised the team's performance since the beginning on the group stages, saying, «It was certainly an unequivocal defeat because I think they sadly didn't earn anything else. They had three matches to push through and they didn't prove that the elation was there. So I think we have to accept that.» Germany's debacle marks the third time in a row, after Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014, a defending champion gets kicked out of the competition in the group stage. It is the first time in German history that Die Mannschaft is eliminated in the group stage. Despite their win, South Korea will also not advance to the knockout stage, leaving room for Group F contenders Sweden and Mexico to advance to the next round.