Spain bids farewell to Toni Kroos

Spain bids farewell to Toni Kroos
Spain bids farewell to Toni Kroos



05/07/2024

Act. at 11:03 p.m.

CEST


Germany fell at home, in Stuttgart, where the majority of the fans were German, logically.. Not even the crowd in the stands saved the home team, who suffered for 120 minutes against Spain and ended up succumbing to Luis de la Fuente’s team. The host said goodbye with honour, but, in the end, they said goodbye. It was a great match, one of those that excites because everything happened and in which La Roja was, in global terms, better than its rival.

The national team took the lead and Germany equalised before everything was played out in extra time. In fact, they were close to going to penalties, that was the idea of ​​the Germans, already exhausted by the enthusiasm and strength of Spain. That was the intention until Dani Olmo gave a wonderful ball to Merino, who put his teammates and himself into the semi-finals with a precise header. In the process, Spain retired Toni Kroos, as Joselu had hoped in the build-up.

The midfielder does not hide

The former Real Madrid player accepted the defeat with fortitude and did not hesitate to face the Spanish media sent to Stuttgart. He only answered two questions, but it was enough to show his respect for his rival, to explain what he will do from now on and, above all, to get excited about a German team that he has seen grow.

“It’s normal that I’m sad, we’re all sad because I think we played a good game, very even, in which we had many chances,” he began. Kroos acknowledged that “In the first half, Spain was the better team,” although he stressed that “after their goal, we stopped them and had chances. In the end, this is how it is“. Toni was already thinking “penalties, we almost got there, but they scored and we didn’t, that’s the story.”

On his farewell to football, on the fact of hanging up his boots, he commented that “I’ve been like this for a few weeks, thinking that it could be the last, but yes, today is the last game,” he stressed before praising the work that is being done at the Manschafft: “I’m proud of our team, we’ve made a big step forward if you look at the last five or six months. From how the team was and how it is today. We’re fighting with the best. This team has a good future, very good players, I hope they continue to improve. I’m going to watch them on TV.“.

Gündogan, a knight in defeat

Ilkay Gündogan was also one of the protagonists after the match. Speaking to the press, the Germany captain expressed his regret at the defeat: “It was a shame, a disappointment, we were hoping to at least take the match to penalties.“. However, he had no qualms about being a gentleman and congratulating Spain: “They have deserved to go through.”

In addition to the match itself, he was somewhat concerned about Pedri being forced to change after a wild challenge by Toni Kroos. He wished him the best: “A message of encouragement, he is my teammate, I hope he can play the next match with Spain“, the one corresponding to the semi-finals of the Euro: “Now it’s time to disconnect physically and mentally, I’m very disappointed by the elimination and there will be time to talk about the new Flick era at Barça,” he concluded.

 
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