Heiko Maas swallowed his pride and congratulated England and his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, after England’s stunning 2-0 defeat against the old rivals. Prior to the match, Maas and Raab placed a bet that the loser had to buy the other a crate of beer.
Heiko Maas tweeted: “Congratulations Dominic Raab and England on a great win!
“A German saying goes ‘Wettschulden sind Ehrenschulden’ or ‘betting debts are debts of honour’. So, you will get that crate of beer.
“Germany, you put up a good fight – hopefully next time!”
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Raab gleefully replied: “Thank you Heiko Maas, a hard-fought game, and we will enjoy the German beer!”
The exchange received a lot of attention on social media. British Ambassador to Germany, Jill Gallard, said she was “happy to recommend some really excellent German beers”.
HuffPost Politics Editor, Paul Waugh, said: “Never let anyone say the Germans don’t honour their bets… Heiko Maas is paying Dominic Raab in beer.”
“Germany didn’t lose its last seven matches at Wembley. Keep it that way!”
Germany’s impressive record at Wembley came to a crashing end last night when the Three Lions beat them 2-0 to reach the Euro 2020 quarter-finals.
It was England’s first win over Germany in a knockout game in a major tournament since 1966.
England will take on Ukraine in Rome on Saturday (July 3).