Holders Germany knocked out of World Cup 2018

Lawrence Kim
June 28, 2018

Joachim Löw's side opened their World Cup campaign in a very unpromising fashion as they suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Mexico before securing a last-minute victor against Sweden.

The Germans struggled to make their possession of the ball count while the South Koreans employed a counter attacking game and got their goals through Young-Gwon Kim, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, and Heung-Min Son in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

Low made a decision to leave Thomas Muller - who has scored 10 World Cup goals in his career - on the bench for the first time in the tournament since the 2010 semi-final against Spain.

'We were eliminated not because we didn't want to win but we never had the chance to take a lead at any point - we were always lagging behind, trying to keep up. "We are responsible. It's very bitter and also just pathetic".

Germany coach Joachim Loew has not ruled out resigning after the world champions crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday.

In other matches, Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 and Brazil - which is looking particularly strong this tournament - beat Serbia 2-0.

But Sweden poured in three goals against them in the second half, not only putting themselves atop the group, but putting Mexico in danger of missing out on advancing altogether. Mexico, meanwhile, only played seven fouls and saw no one booked.

In a shocking upset, South Korea has beaten Germany in the World Cup, denying the defending champions a chance to advance beyond the first round.

"We wanted to win but we didn't have what it takes".

Elsewhere, as the first round draws to a close, five-time winners Brazil need a point from their final Group E game against Serbia to guarantee progress. While the shocking defeat to Mexico in their opening match had disappointed many, their come back against Sweden later had raised the expectations of the fans.

Numerous players have come under fire for their displays and Mesut Ozil's dejected manner at the final whistle wasn't enough to spare him a barrage of criticism.

South Korea didn't miss Germany's mental breakdown as the game entered the second half stoppage time.

Some Mexico fans went beyond cheering while watching the action unfold television, either by waving South Korean flags or finding South Korea supporters and thanking them in person with chants and in some cases carrying them like conquering heroes.

At only No. 57 in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, South Korea had to fight an uphill battle against defending champions Germany (No. 1), Latin American powerhouses Mexico (No. 15) and European dark horses Sweden (No. 24).

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