Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Mexico fans celebrate South Korea's victory over Germany with impromptu parades

Mexico fans celebrate South Korea's victory over Germany with impromptu parades

Germany went 1-0-2 in the Tournament with their only win coming against Sweden when Toni Kroos scroed the game victor deep into added time.

"We showed we are able to play against the reigning champions all the way with the exception of the final 10 seconds".

The 2014 World Cup winning coach also owned up to the mistakes his side made in Russian Federation and refused to make any excuses for the two defeats in three group stage games.

But any momentum gained from that stunning comeback was well and truly destroyed when Germany lost 2-0 to South Korea, to two injury-time goals, and failed to qualify for the last 16 for the first time in 80 years.

Germany's World Cup title defense came crashing down in the most inglorious fashion imaginable on Wednesday.

"It wasn't only Ozil, a number of other players didn't perform as they normally would".

Click through the gallery above to see some pictures from Germany's loss to Korea Republic!

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It is the first time the Germans have gone out of the finals in the group stage and left Low fielding questions over his future.

Germany saw Sweden clinch a 3-0 victory against Mexico in Nizhny Novgorod, meaning a win against South Korea would have been enough to progress. We need to analyse this and it has to be said, very clearly, that we just do not deserve it. Germany now needs to beat South Korea by at least two goals to be guaranteed a spot in the last 16.

A questionable celebration by German players near the Swedish bench added to the disappointment. Portugal's campaign in Brazil unravelled four years ago after a heavy loss against Germany in the opening match.

Low and his players will return to Germany on Thursday, but with the coach dismissing suggestions that dark times could lie ahead. "Of course we are very sad and we were also very angry, but that helps nothing now".

The embassy was bombarded by phone calls thanking South Koreans, Korea's Yonhap news agency said, including one from Mexico's undersecretary for foreign affairs. Germany, one of the pre-tournament favorites, was out.

Sweden still has a chance to advance to the knockout rounds.

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