BERLIN (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said the German people are "very sad" over the country's stunning 2-0 loss to South Korea on Wednesday (June 27), as the defending champions got kicked out of the World Cup.
"Honestly, all of us are very sad tonight," Dr Merkel was quoted as saying during a conversation with humanoid robot Sophia at a robotics conference, just hours after Germany was defeated by South Korea, resulting in its failure to advance to the next round.
Her spokesman Steffen Seibert also expressed disappointment, as he took to Twitter to say: "Not our World Cup -- How sad! There will be other tournaments where we can cheer again."
In 2014, Dr Merkel travelled to Brazil twice to see the World Cup, where her country won the title, but she was not able to attend this year's match against South Korea in the Russian city of Kazan due to her busy schedule.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in watched the national squad's second match in Group F against Mexico at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday.
Mr Moon was in Russia for a three-day state visit and became the country's first leader to watch a national football team match abroad.