Germany Fails To Advance Out Of Group Stage For First Time

Like Neuer, Thomas Muller broke through the ranks in Germany's national team at World Cup 2010, although the Bayern Munich forward was benched for the crunch clash with South Korea, and the 28-year-old admitted the squad were embarrassed by their displays.

Germany manager Joachim Low is contemplating his future after seeing his side lose 2-0 to South Korea and finish bottom of Group F on Wednesday.

"We had it in our own hands, but we did not make it", Neuer, who confirmed his intention to remain available for global selection, said. "Knowing that we'd just played our last match, I got some tears in my eyes later".

Germany's 2-0 loss to South Korea and Sweden's 3-0 victory over Mexico means that the 2014 World Cup winners are heading home.

The four-time winners came to Russian Federation as one of the favourites but became the fourth side this century to lose in the group stage after winning the previous tournament following a 2-0 defeat against unfancied South Korea.

Germany were beaten in two of their three group games as they fail to progress past the group stage for the first time.

Germany's number one goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has perfected the role of a sweeper-keeper, dashing off his line to clear the ball whenever the situation arises. Neither he nor any of his teammates could find similar inspiration in a strangely flat performance against South Korea.


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. Shortly before the World Cup he extended his contract until 2022.

Germany have become the fourth reigning champions to be shown the door in the group stages in the last five World Cup editions.

Repeat it: Germany are out of the 2018 World Cup. We might have just witnessed the moment of the tournament, however.

Germany suffered the first of several scares after South Korea won a free kick on the quarter hour when Sami Khedira's boot connected with the head of Jung Wooyoung.

"We had a good training camp", Low added.

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.

That win not only kept Germany alive, it put them in the driver's seat to qualify for the round of 16. With Sweden handily beating Mexico, all Germany needed was a win to advance to the knockout round over El Tri.


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