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Lost to Germany in South Korea and was eliminated from the tournament

01 July, 2018, 10:23 | Author: Lora Ball
  • MOSCOW RUSSIA- JUNE 17 Jerome Boateng of Germany reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium

Germany became the third straight reigning champion to be knocked out in the group stage at the next World Cup - following Italy and Spain - after it was beaten 2-0 by South Korea in Group F.

But the late changes failed to spark Germany into life as Korea hung on for a famous win that, unfortunately for the impressive Asians, saw them bow out after Sweden beat Mexico 3-0.

Therefore, Germany are going home while the World Cup dream lives on for Sweden and Mexico.

It is the first time since 1938 that Germany have failed to progress beyond the first stage of the tournament and national newspaper Bild led the fierce criticism, topping its on the whistle report with the line: "This is the biggest disgrace in German World Cup history!"

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For South Korea there was jubilation in collecting a first World Cup win over Germany in three attempts.

"We didn't deserve to win the title again, we didn't deserve to get into the last 16". South Korea were also eliminated despite the victory.

"We're very disappointed, but for such a match - they really have to go home", he said.

South Korea's already slim chances have taken a hit in the buildup to the match when captain Ki Sung-yueng was ruled out with a left calf injury.

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Germany's team of superstars could only look on in shock in the final minutes of the match as USA referee Mark Geiger called for the video assistant referee to intervene after the unmarked Kim had bundled his shot past Germany 'keeper Manuel Neuer from a corner early in stoppage time. We looked at Germany's formation.

Low has often had to contend with critics claiming his success only came about after he took the reins at the start of a golden era, with some suggesting the country's World Cup triumph of four years ago owed more to the strengths of the players than his coaching. All the way to the end we believed, even at 0-1, " Mats Hummels said after the game per ESPN. For South Korea to advance, it would have needed Mexico to beat Sweden.

The Asians, however, were also risky on the counter-attack and a few times carved opportunities to keep Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on his toes.

South Korea, also eliminated, had the best early chance of the game when Germany keeper Manuel Neuer spilled a free kick in the 19th minute but managed to recover quickly and slap the ball away.

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With no option other than a victory to advance, Low inserted Mario Gomez and Muller for Khedira and Goretzka. Loew said he had not yet reflected on the future.

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