Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

'Dark day for German football' after World Cup elimination

'Dark day for German football' after World Cup elimination

"At the moment. the disappointment of being eliminated is just huge". After Sweden took its lead, and with a heavily favoured German side still sitting scoreless with South Korea, El Tri was just one German goal away from elimination, despite winning its first two matches of the group stage.

The four-time champions lost to South Korea 2-0 on Wednesday, allowing a pair of injury-time goals while knowing a 1-0 victory would have been enough to advance because of the result in the other group match.

However, they had a mathematical chance of qualifying for the last 16 for only the third time in 10 competition appearances, although they needed Mexico to beat Sweden.

Germany have now failed to qualify for the knockout stages, while Korea are also out.

It's not every day that you beat the defending World Cup champion - among the favorites this year - to claw your way on top of them in group play standings.

Kim Young-gwon broke the deadlock in added time when he found himself alone in front of goal after a corner and poked the ball home from close range.

A win for Germany would have edged Mexico out on goal difference - but the drama came at the other end as Kim put the ball into the net, although it was initially ruled out for offside.

"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".

Germany for the first time since 1938, not out of the group.

After failing to find a way past superb Korea 'keeper Jo Hyeonwoo in the second half, Germany could only look on in shock as U.S. referee Mark Geiger called for the video assistant referee to intervene after the unmarked Kim Younggwon had bundled his shot past Neuer from a corner early in stoppage time.

Besides Germany this year, France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014 also got eliminated in the group stage as defending champions. "I think we can play a game that gives hope to our fans". Suele made his first World Cup appearance as a replacement for Jerome Boateng. They don't know how we prepare and we can't tell them all the things that go on.

Germany head coach Joachim Loew was left shell-shocked.

Ozil has been heavily criticised throughout the tournament and was dropped for the 2-1 win over Sweden last week.

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