Wales will dust themselves down this week and try for what is now an impossible dream.
After Saturday's disastrous 2-0 home defeat by Finland, the might of Germany await John Toshack's chastened young side in the World Cup qualifier on Wednesday in Cardiff.
There was plenty of soul searching in the camp over the weekend, and Wolves midfielder David Edwards summed up the mood, insisting; "We really need to be better, it wasn't good enough. You wait so long for a chance like this and we were just disappointing."
He added: "Germany will be a massive task. But we will never give up, we will keep going because you never know what can happen.
"If we can beat the Germans on Wednesday it will be a different picture. We have just got to concentrate on that now and really give it a good go and put everything into it and hope for the best.
"It won't be difficult to lift ourselves for that. When you are playing against the Germans if you are not up for it there is something wrong with you.
"They are the sort of games you just love to be involved in. If you can't get motivated, you don't want to win enough, and haven't got the passion for it there is something wrong.
"We must try to get some confidence from somewhere and try to get a better result.
"Since I have been playing we always seem to do better against the bigger teams. We just have to go for it, there is nothing to lose now.
"We need wins and we just have to go for it. That might give us a little bit of freedom. Let's just get at them and maybe they will have an off-day and we can win."
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