Kai Havertz reflects on Germany’s ‘horror movie’ World Cup exit.
The Chelsea forward scored twice after coming on as a second-half substitute to help Hansi Flick’s side come from behind and defeat Costa Rica 4-2.
However, Japan’s unexpected victory over Spain rendered Germany’s triumph meaningless, as La Roja advanced to the knockout stages as a result of their significantly better goal difference.
The dubious nature of Japan’s game-winning goal did little to lift Havertz’s spirits, and after being compelled to collect his man of the match award, a picture of the dejected-looking 23-year-old went viral.
Germany’s defeat marks their second consecutive departure from the World Cup group stage, and they also underperformed at the Euros last summer, losing to England in the round of 16 due to poor performance.
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‘When it happens this way, it feels like watching like a horror movie,’ said Havertz.
‘We learned during the match that Japan were leading, and then the rankings were displayed in the stadium. We still had a little hope that Spain would score.
‘But then we noticed that the Japan match was over.’
Havertz implied that things were not going well in German football and criticized the team’s performance against Japan for their elimination.
‘When you go out twice in the first round and once in the round of 16, it’s extremely bitter.
‘We have to be honest and say that for four years, everything hasn’t been going well.Now we’ve been knocked out twice in the group stage. I don’t think we’re a tournament team anymore.’