German fans stunned by World Cup elimination

German fans stunned by World Cup elimination

German fans stunned by World Cup elimination

South Korea struck a blow to Germany on June 27 with a clinical 2-0 win over the defending champions. South Korea also gained three points from three matches.

World Cup holders Germany returned home on Thursday desperately looking for answers following their historic exit, with head coach Joachim Low set to suffer the consequences of a disastrous campaign.

But when all seemed lost in Yekaterinburg, South Korea's Kim Young-Gwon broke through with a goal in stoppage time in Kazan to put South Korea up 1-0 over Germany, and a three-goal deficit might as well have been 30 for Mexico faithful.

And victory over South Korea would have been enough to progress after Sweden clinched a 3-0 victory against Mexico in Nizhny Novgorod.

Speaking immediately after Germany's shock World Cup exit, manager Low said: 'The disappointment of being eliminated is just huge. "In the second round everybody would have liked to play against us".

Four of the last five winners, including Germany this year, have failed to get out of the group stage of the next tournament. He led the World Cup in saves after the second game against Korea with 14.

After 12 golden years in charge crowned by the 2014 World Cup win in Brazil, Low is considering his future after getting his tactics so badly wrong and placing faith in former stars past their prime.

Lest we forget, the 7-1 annihilation of Brazil by Germany at the 2014 World Cup in Belo Horizonte will never be forgotten and followers of the Selecao wouldn't lose sleep over any form of misfortune that befalls the four-time winners.

Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil, both of Turkish origin, sparked a storm of controversy when they posed for pictures with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London last month, prompting angry fans to question their loyalty to the national team.

"We need a couple of hours to see things clearly", Loew said. Germany simply needed a one-goal win to advance given what would have been their superior goal differential.

The technically gifted Brandt did not get much time at the World Cup, but he made convincing appearances as a substitute, showing the enthusiasm that his older teammates lacked.

Sane will be part of Germany's plans in the future, and there are more bright prospects in the building from the German squad that won the European U-21 championship previous year.

"I don't know if is the darkest moment for German football but it is definitely a very black one", Kroos said.

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