Germany knocked out of 2018 World Cup

Germany knocked out of 2018 World Cup

With Germany's loss, Sweden and Mexico advance from Group F. Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 in their match, which was played concurrently with the South Korean shocker.

Germany is out of the World Cup, the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage.

Asked whether he will continue in the role he has held for the last 12 years, Low, 58, told a press conference: "That's hard to say".

"We believed in it until the very end, we tried to shoot, but we just couldn't get the ball in".

Germany's Thomas Muller looks dejected after losing 2-0 to South Korea at the World Cup in Kazan, Russia.

They lost their opening game 1-0 to Mexico and needed Toni Kroos's dramatic late free-kick to beat Sweden 2-1.

In the event, South Korea's late goals handed them a famous win and confirmed passage to the knockout stages for Mexico and Sweden, sending Germany crashing out.

But it was Kim Young-gwon who broke the deadlock in added time when he found himself alone in front of goal after a corner and he poked the ball home from close range. Originally called out for offside, the goal was then given after video review.

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The win also meant that the host nation has never lost its opening match in any of the 21 World Cups. The same also goes for Uruguay and Portugal , two similar teams with similar strategies.

Even though the score in Ekaterinburg ended South Korea's hopes of going through, they still sensed a memorable win over Germany.

The Taeguk Warriors went home with three defeats at the 1990 World Cup in Italy where they faced Spain, Belgium and Uruguay in the group stage.

Germany's team of superstars could only look on in shock in the final minutes of the match as United States 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.

Mats Hummels squandered a glorious chance to break the deadlock on 87 minutes, with the defender heading over the crossbar from six-yards out. Son, who is in his second World Cup, emphasized that his team's World Cup campaign is not over and that he'll also think about teammates who have yet to make an appearance in football's showpiece event.

"We need a couple of hours to see things clearly", Loew said.

Loew was appointed national team coach after the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when he was assistant to Juergen Klinsmann.

Germany must win by two clear goals in Kazan on Wednesday to be sure of reaching the last 16.

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