Alexi Lalas, Ian Wright discuss controversial German celebration | 2018 FIFA World Cup™

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Alexi Lalas, Ian Wright and Kelly Smith discuss the postgame altercation between the German and Swedish benches following their matchup.

- It was an emotional game. One or two of our star's gestures towards the Swedish bench were too emotional. That is not our style. We apologize to the Swedish manager and his team for that. Do we take any offense to the way that the Germans celebrated that?

- I think that in their apology, them saying it's not their style, I think it just shows what the World Cup means. At the end of the day, they always qualify. I think it's 1954 is the last time they didn't get through to the group stages. They're the current world champions. They were looking like going out. They would have needed help to stay in this tournament. Of course, emotions are running high. I've got, you know something, and I know a lot of people are going to be upset. I haven't got a problem with them laughing in their face.

- It's a little bit disrespectful. Go celebrate with your own team. It was the play-- it wasn't even the players doing that, it was the coaching staff. So they must've been going at it that we didn't see on camera time and time again. But I think it's really disrespectful. You go and celebrate with your staff, with your players on the pitch.

- Sweden defended for 90 minutes. They were a man up. And Germany, at one point, was playing one in the back.

- Yeah.

- All right? So that's what they should be worried about, not the taunting. I get it. It's emotional, it's passionate at the end of the game. But Sweden has no one to blame but themselves in terms of coming out with a point. And Germany's going to Germany. That is Germany. Classic Germany. They don't fear. They don't panic.

And ultimately, at the end of the game, how many people are watching that going ah, well, this is where that German mystique breaks, and there's no possible way they can have it. Then that foul came and everybody said, well, no, OK, they can't-- and it's in the back of the net. And everybody says-- they throw their hands up, and they say, that's Germany.