Germany Fails To Advance Out Of Group Stage For First Time

Kristopher Nichols
June 29, 2018

The Germans went home after losing to a South Korea side that had already lost to Sweden and Mexico.

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Germany have stagnated in the last 12 months.

"We deserved to be eliminated", Germany coach Joachim Loew said. We are sorry for not playing like world champions, and as painful as it is, we deserve to be out.

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Mario Gomez of Germany reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Korea Republic and Germany at Kazan Arena on June 27, 2018 in Kazan, Russia.

"Who cares we won't make it to the round of 16?"

And finally, the obvious conclusion that this is the best World Cup ever and that... it's coming home. Muller like many of his teammates, had flattered to deceive.

South Korea, however, finished its campaign in Russian on a high, scoring two goals in injury time. The team's bad luck in Russian Federation continued Wednesday, as Mats Hummels was unable to put away a free header from 6 yards out late in the match.

"We have missed our usual classiness and our dynamism was not there".

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However, that never transpired, and Iceland withered, as Nigeria profited from the midfielder's less advanced role in the side. Fast forward four years, and Nigeria have again triumphed over a European team. "They did this for the country, for the team".

"It's too soon for me to answer, it will take a few hours to see things clearly, the disappointment is very deep in me", said 58-year Loew when asked if he would resign.

"It's not surprising because Germany is actually the fourth defending World Cup champion to be knocked out in the first round in the past five tournaments".

The German game against South Korea was among the most dramatic in World Cup history as Young-Gwon Kim scored a controversial goal that had to be judged by VAR before it was allowed. "I couldn't imagine that we would lose to South Korea", he told Germany's ZDF television.

Die Mannschaft started the tournament with a surprise defeat against Mexico and needed a 95 minute goal by Toni Kroos in the second clash against Sweden in order to prevent an early exit.

Kim netted in the third minute of added time from a corner.

Son Heung-min made it 2-0 in the sixth minute of stoppage time after Neuer came up the field to help his teammates outside the South Korea box.

The normally rock solid Neuer spilled a free kick in the first half but his counterpart, Jo Hyeon-woo, didn't put a foot wrong. South Korea were also eliminated despite the victory. Yes, Germany had 28 shots to their name and were the prime embodiment of wastefulness in the penalty area, but it takes nothing away from Cho, who was adjudged "Man of the Match".

"Germany are the defending champions and number one in the Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking, so I thought about what mistakes Germany might make, because they probably felt they would be able to beat us - that's what everybody thought".

But it was a bittersweet victory for the South Koreans, who still failed to advance to the round of 16 despite their performance against Germany.

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