German fans stunned by World Cup elimination

Elena Summers
July 2, 2018

After failing to fire in their opening match in Russian Federation, a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, Brazil appear to be finding their normal fluency with each match as they go in search of a sixth World Cup.

Low said he was at a loss to explain what had gone wrong during the tournament but conceded there had been some arrogance in their approach to the opening match against Mexico, which they lost 1-0.

For the first time in their World Cup history, Germany were eliminated in the group stage.

It has been unusual to see them struggle as much as they have, but the level of all of the teams is strong and they have played teams who have been tactically very good against them, and exposed counter-attack situations in particular.

Shin, who had given South Korea a one per cent chance of victory before the game, said: "I feel great, but at the same time, I feel a little bit empty, so I feel a little ambivalent".

That result turned out to be irreverent, however, as Joachim Low's team suffered a shocking 2-0 defeat to South Korea on Wednesday.

The Germans had denied Guus Hiddink's South Korea a place in the 2002 final with a 1-0 win in Seoul after the co-hosts had ridden a wave of national footballing fervour to defeat Poland, Portugal, Italy and Spain on the way to the last four.

However, Mexico still advances to the next round in second spot thanks to Germany's defeat.

Ozil was dropped by Low for the match against Sweden, which Germany won 2-1 thanks to a late goal from Toni Kroos, whilst Hummels was injured. I think we tried our best, it wasn't a lack of effort.

I watched some of the game and they were just unable to break South Korea down.

He said: "Until quite recently, we have probably been the most consistent, in terms of performance, team in the past 10, 12 years".

One team the likes of Argentina, Brazil and Portugal wouldn't like to meet in the knockout round is Germany.

Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16.

Switzerland's earlier lead lasted just two minutes after substitute Josep Drmic slotted home to seemingly give them three points.

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