Photo Gallery The End of Germany's World Cup Dream

Germany got knocked out of the World Cup after losing Wednesday nights match against Spain 0:1. Across the country on Wednesday night, fans mourned their loss -- both publicly and intensely.
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Things got off to a good enough start for German fans on Wednesday. Here, a sea of supporters can be seen waving the German flag at a World Cup public viewing area in Hamburg.

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Some fans were quite confident of a German win. Here, fans hold up a banner: "Fish and chips in the morning, Argentinian steak for lunch and paella for dinner."

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But many German fans had butterflies in their stomachs -- and perhaps members of the national team, too -- after Paul the Octopus on Tuesday predicted a win for Spain in Wednesday's match. The cephalopod had accurately predicted the outcome of all the German World Cup matches by reaching into a plastic box with the national flag of the teams competing and extracting and eating a mussel.

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Before the match began, German fans at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban, South Africa, held up a sign that read: "Also Octopus Can Be Wrong."

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In the end, though, Paul the Octopus was right and Germany's dream of making it to the World Cup final was shattered on Wednesday night after the team lost to Spain. Fans gathered at the Fan Fest in Berlin were shattered.

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Can this be true? A skeptical fan stars in dismay at the massive public viewing screen at the Fan Fest in Berlin's Tiergarten park.

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Germany in mourning. The 0:1 loss against Spain has knocked Germany out of the World Cup. Team captain Philipp Lahm wasn't the only one left in tears by the defeat.

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These fans were quite confident going into the game, with one writing "2:1" on her forehead predicting a Germany win.

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The nail-biting last minutes of the game left many fans paralyzed with fear.

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In Berlin's Neukölln neighborhood, Arab and Turkish supporters of the German team rooted for a German victory.

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But they had few opportunities to wave the German flag in celebration.

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It simply cannot be true: A fan reacts after Spanish player Carles Puyol scores a goal against Germany.

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"Oooooh" -- Berlin fans weren't the only ones biting their nails during the last minutes of Wednesday's match.

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In Cologne, this women was dressed from head to toe in Germany's colors.

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"Noooooo" -- Berlin fans tremble.

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A worried Berlin fan stares, very concerned, at the screen during the live broadcast of the match.

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"We want to see you win:" German fans celebrate the national team in Cologne.

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Across Germany, motorways, stores and other public spaces were deserted as Germans viewed the match at home or in public viewing areas.

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It wasn't just love of the sport that brought people together in Berlin.

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A sea of black, red and gold: Before the outcome was clear, the mood in Frankfurt was still ebullient.

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In the German banking capital, people know about more than interest rates and bonus payments -- they can also party with the best of them when it comes to the World Cup.

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Praying for a win.

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Shaking, nervous, but still hopeful: These Berlin fans expressed every gesture and emotion on Wednesday.

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Rattled nerves were visible in Dresden.

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In the end, the hope didn't bring much: The mood at the Fan Fest in Berlin deteriorated palpably after the loss.

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Germany is out, the dream is over. Deeply disappointed viewers sit, depressed, on the main boulevard in Berlin's Tiergarten park, where an official fan fest had been set up by World Cup organizer FIFA.

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