Joachim Low breaks silence after Germany are dumped out

Joachim Low breaks silence after Germany are dumped out

Joachim Low breaks silence after Germany are dumped out

World champions Germany failed to progress to the knockout stages at the 2018 World Cup after losing 2-0 to Korea Republic.

The unthinkable has happened - Germany have crashed out of the 2018 World Cup at the group stages.

When the match seemed destined for a scoreless draw, South Korea drew the first blood three minutes into the stoppage time.

The goal was initially wiped out on an offside call, but a review by the video assistant referees (VARs) overturned the decision on the field, giving South Korea a 1-0 lead over shell-shocked Germany.

Germany may be the fourth of the last five defending champions - France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2016 - to exit the group phase, but their capitulation will send alarm bells ringing across the country and the Bundesliga, which has always been a one-horse race led by Bayern Munich.

"We believed in it until the very end, we tried to shoot, but we just couldn't get the ball in".

Having struggled to break down a stubborn South Korean outfit for much of the 90 minutes, Germany already knew they were in trouble with Sweden leading Mexico 3-0 - which would have seen the latter two qualify for the Round of 16. That's where they were burned by Mexico on the counter, as Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira were exposed for their lack of athleticism.

At the start of play on Wednesday Germany and Mexico look well poised to advance - as expected - out of Group F.

"I didn't think Thomas Muller had been that convincing in the first two matches and I wanted to make a point there [by dropping him]".

On paper this might appear one of the great shocks of World Cup history, up there with the United States beating England in 1950 or North Korea defeating Italy in 1966.

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Sweden coach Janne Andersson spoke of his pride after his side topped the group with second-half goals from Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist and an own goal from Edson Alvarez.

Long-serving striker Mario Gomez came off the bench to add more steel up front, but the closest he came to a goal was a weak header straight at Hyun-woo.

Should Neymar and Brazil stumble in Moscow, Switzerland are hoping a win over Costa Rica in Nizhny Novgorod could catapult them into the last 16 as Group E winners. "Regardless of the outcome of the tournament, no one is better equipped to handle that than Jogi Low".

"We needed to throw things forward and it opened things up in defence".

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