Germany v South Korea

Germany v South Korea

Germany coach Joachim Loew said he felt "huge disappointment" at seeing the holders crash out of the World Cup but said they had fully deserved it after they were sensationally beaten 2-0 by South Korea on Wednesday.

In the history of World Cup football, the defending champions have crashed out in the first round only six times, four of those have happened since the turn of the millennium: France in 2002, Italy in 2010, Spain in 2014, and Germany this year.

Shin's men took full advantage - Kim Young-gwon scoring from close range in the second minute of stoppage time, before Son rounded things off with Manuel Neuer caught up the pitch.

Germany's last-gasp 2-1 win over Sweden in its previous match was understandably considered by many to be the type of result that would get them going after a 1-0 loss to Mexico but it ended up meaning little.

Germany, 2014 champions, are out of Russian Federation 2018 after group stages, their first exit in the World Cup group stages in 80 years. Ki Sung-yueng is really a pillar for our team, he takes lot of pressure from us. "Also the dynamism that led to the goalscoring opportunities was not there, so we deserve to be eliminated". South Korea were also eliminated despite the victory.

"Where we go from here, we'll have to talk about it calmly". Following their match against Sweden, Mexico's faithful turned their attention to the end of South Korea's game in Kazan. VAR confirmed there was nothing wrong with Kim's precise finish after the linesperson initially flagged for offside. They were still in position to advance despite trailing Sweden, but they were waiting some with tears in their eyes for Germany to do the inevitable and ruin their chances of moving on.

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After disappointing defeats to Senegal and Colombia , Poland didn't appear too daunting a task for the hitherto undefeated Japan . There's also a chance Ireland could qualify for the next World Cup and end up falling at the first hurdle too.

Meanwhile in Yekaterinburg, Sweden dominated Mexico 3-0 to move on to the World Cup knockout round.

"We were playing for the Korean people", said Cho, a cult figure at home for his ostentatious, orange bouffant.

With no option other than a victory to advance, Low inserted Mario Gomez and Muller for Khedira and Goretzka. Mexico has reached the round of 16 for the seventh straight World Cup, but this one will long be remembered.

South Korea made it 2-0 three minutes later when, with Neuer in the opposition half, Son sprinted from his own half to latch on a hoofed ball and put the ball into an open goal.

Hogging 70 percent of possession and launching 26 shots at goal, Germany pushed forward in numbers but found no way through the Korean stonewall.

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