CELTIC defender Mikael Lustig insists that Germany deserved to be eliminated from the World Cup.

And the defender insisted it was karma after the way they behaved after beating Sweden with a stoppage-time goal on Saturday.

The defending champions toppled out of the competition after a sensational 2-0 defeat against South Korea on Wednesday.

And Lustig enjoyed the result almost as much as his nation’s 3-0 win over Mexico which sent his team into the knock-out stages.

Swedish boss Janne Anderson was enraged when a number of Joachim Low’s coaching staff celebrated in front of him following Toni Kroos’ dramatic late free-kick which gave the Germans a 2-1 win.

Lustig claimed he was also provoked on the pitch and Germany later released a statement apologising for the conduct and subsequent melee on the touchline.

Asked by a Swedish TV station how it felt to see Germany eliminated, Lustig said: “Really nice. I won’t hesitate to say that – very nice.

“Of course, because they are a big team, but especially because of how they behaved after the match against us.

“As well as the conduct of their staff, some of their players ran past me after the goal and shouted in my face, which shocked me.

“So, I think it was a fair result. There were a lot of people who said Germany were through after our match and that we were out. But sometimes karma is nice.”

Lustig and his team-mates will now face Switzerland in St Petersburg on Tuesday as they attempt to reach the quarter-finals.

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