Iceland also took the time to thank the hosts after they bowed out at the group stage earlier in the week, tweeting about their "epic ride" at the World Cup and expressing gratitude for the warm welcome extended to them in Russian Federation.
Mexico will try to come up with another highlight in the last 16, but El Tri will need a lot more than luck as the team clashes with a tough Brazil team on Monday, July 2. It wasn't my impression when I spoke to the team before that they were under pressure before the match because the Sweden game was on at the same time.
German Football Association chief Reinhard Grindel said the sports management would put forward their analysis of the disastrous World Cup campaign to federation chiefs in the coming week. "But now we are at a World Cup, it's a new cycle, a new format", said coach Tite in an attempt to keep feet on the ground.
'You have to say we do not deserve (to go through),' he told the German Football Federation's website dfb.de. The trend shows that illusion of invulnerability - and perhaps loyalty to senior players four years further on - in fact makes you extremely vulnerable. We got what we deserved. It makes life much easier if you score an early goal but in all three games we have been chasing it, we have been behind on the scoreline. "But they didn't play like I thought they would", 20-year-old student Cecilia Jimenez said. We screwed up, (and) we screwed up together'.
Coach Joachim Low felt there was a degree of arrogance within the squad going into the World Cup (Lee Jin-man/AP). Opting to take the boat instead of airplane due to the disaster that struck the Torino side in 1949, the Italians arrived a tired unit and looked out of shape.
"We want the players to recover mentally and physically (from this match)".
'Where we go from here, we'll have to talk about it calmly. I'm incredibly disappointed by this elimination'.