THIS was the awkward moment that Kai Havertz was forced to pose with his Man of the Match trophy just seconds after suffering World Cup heartbreak.
However, the 23-year-old and his team-mates will still be on the next flight home after Japan secured a thrilling victory over Spain.
That result left the Adian side top in Group E, while La Roja also advanced despite the setback ahead of Germany courtesy of goal difference.
Havertz only came off the bench in the 67th-minute for the four-time world champions in place of Thomas Muller.
But his quickfire double to fire his nation ahead from 2-1 down, albeit ultimately being in vain, was enough to earn him top marks from Fifa sponsors Budweiser.
And that led to him being forced to pose with his Man of the Match trophy looking completely drained.
Even though it must have been an agonising moment for Havertz, rival supporters found the picture and whole situation hilarious as they showed no mercy on Twitter.
One tweeted alongside a host of laughing emojis: “His face says everything!”
Another commented: “He looks over the moon haha.”
A fellow fan wrote: “Imagine the camera man trying to get a smile out of him after being knocked out of the World Cup though.”
While another tweet read: “Hahaha i feel bad for him. So lowkey.”