Football World Cup in Qatar 2022: Liveblog for the group stage

“Germany no longer knows how to triumph” – international press comments on the German World Cup preliminary round

International media reactions to the preliminary round elimination of the German national soccer team at the World Cup in Qatar:

Great Britain:

“Germany is doomed to an early end in a horror repeat of the 2018 World Cup.”

Daily Star:
“Goodbye (in German): Germany are out of the World Cup after Japan score a controversial goal that looks questionable – but who cares.”

The Times:
“The ball stays in… Germany flies out.” (referring to the second Japanese goal)


“The New Zurich Times”:
“The next few weeks will show how the DFB intends to overcome this crisis. After Joachim Löw’s failure in Russia, the decision was made to sit it out. Now it turns out: It’s been four and a half lost years since then.”


“Germany has done its duty, Germany can go.”


“Germany suffers the humiliation of losing the second consecutive World Cup group stage.”


“The Telegraph”:
“New World Cup drama for eliminated Germany.”

“Debacle for Germany, after a sensational end, the team is already going home after the first round. Germany, the once powerful soccer nation, is faced with an inglorious exit from the World Cup for the second time in a row. (…) It couldn’t, it shouldn’t, but it still happened on an evening that will go down in history as legendary.”

Costa Rica:

“El Mundo CR”:
“Costa Rica bids farewell to the World Cup with its head held high.”

“Diario Deportivo CR”:
“Costa Rica ended its participation in Qatar with a powerful duel against the three-time world champion. Both teams say goodbye to the World Cup.”


“Another stain, another drama, another black chapter in the history of Teutonic football. (…) Flick’s men won against Costa Rica, but Japan’s victory over Spain made that triumph useless.”

“El País”:
“The World Cup has lost the most successful team in the competition since Brazil, failing in the group stage for the second year in a row. The 2018 catastrophe in Russia was followed by that failure, even more cruel but no less unjust, with humble Costa Rica as a witness.”


“Germany, which had subscribed to success for a long time, no longer knows how to triumph.”


“La Republica”:
“For the Germans it’s the most senseless victory, they’re eliminated. Gnabry, Havertz (twice) and Füllkrug give the team a futile victory. Tejeda and Vargas let the Central Americans dream of the unbelievable qualification for a few minutes.”

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