Shambolic Germany sent packing after loss to South Korea

Shambolic Germany sent packing after loss to South Korea

South Korea's Kim Young-gwon celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the group F match between South Korea and Germany, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

This is the first time Germany have been knocked out during the group stage at the World Cup.

Injury-time goals by Kim Young-won and Tottenham's Son Heung-min sentenced the reigning champions to a humiliating group stage exit for the first time in their history. The German national team needed a win to advance into the round of 16 after being stunned by Mexico 1-0 in the opener and earning a last-gasp 2-1 win over Sweden.

Germany coach Joachim Loew caused a surprise by leaving midfield attacking stalwart Thomas Mueller on the bench for the first time since 2012 after his underwhelming displays against Mexico and Sweden.

Germany isn't alone in going from first to bust in the World Cup.

"It wasn't my impression when I spoke to the team before that they were under pressure before the match because the Sweden game was on at the same time and we really had the feeling that our team wanted to move ahead and qualify for the knockout stages".


"We believe there will be a transition that will take place after the World Cup, regardless of the outcome of the tournament, and no one is better equipped to handle that than Jogi Loew". This was made possible by South Korea that beat defending champions Germany. Mexico, however, will also advance despite the heavy loss, thanks to South Korea.

Hummels should have scored after being picked out by Ozil with 87 minutes gone, but made a mess of his header and Kim took full advantage when, after Jang Hyun-soo had flicked on Son's corner, Kim pounced, although it took a VAR review for offside for goal to be confirmed after Kroos' touch saw the ball drop to his feet.

The Germans even have a word for it: schadenfreude, the feeling of joy caused by the suffering or humiliation of another person; and it was in plentiful supply once the final whistle blew on their disastrous World Cup campaign. We looked at Germany's formation.

But a 2-0 defeat to South Korea condemned Germany to finish bottom of Group F, and many rival fans enjoying the nation's failures. "I'm a very lucky guy to play for my country and I'm very happy and lucky to have this country", he added.

"South Korea has players who can execute fast breaks, we will try to adapt", Loew said.

"The entire German football lost", he said.

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