Brazil and Germany try to salvage World Cup and advance

01 July, 2018, 07:31 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • MOSCOW RUSSIA- JUNE 17 Jerome Boateng of Germany reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium

Defending world champions Germany crashed out of the World Cup after a shock 2-0 loss to South Korea on Wednesday, courtesy of two stoppage-time goals.

Germany is out of the World Cup, the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage.

Sweden won the group after thrashing Mexico 3-0 to also deny South Korea a spot in the knockout stages.

2018 - Germany | a single-goal loss to Mexico wasn't the desired start but a last gasp Kroos goal seemed to get things back on track as they beat Sweden 2-1.

Mats Hummels witnessed Germany get eliminated from Russian Federation 2018 and then declared the last time the World Cup holders delivered a "convincing performance" was previous year.

Shin's satisfaction in the result was tinged with the disappointment at Korea's early exit from the tournament after defeats in their opening two games against Sweden and Mexico, and he told reporters: "I feel great but at the same time I feel a little empty, ambivalent". El Tri was on the brink of elimination if Germany had beaten South Korea.

"A World Cup is only comes around every four years, and we expected so much more".

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Germany were again disappointing, and after a number of warning shots, South Korea did take the lead as Kim Young-gwon turned the ball home from close range, with VAR reversing a decision to rule the goal out for offside.

"As we saw in the match against Mexico, their players were really determined and with that mindset we can play a game we won't regret and the results will follow".

With that win they held their fate in their own hands, knowing victory over South Korea would guarantee them of a place in the last 16.

"We need to congratulate our opponents", Loew said.

Germany's best chance of the half fell to, of all people, Mats Hummels, who misplayed his header horribly when wide open six yards out from goal.

South Korea, for its part, needed a miracle to qualify for the next round; in the end, although neither side qualified, it was a match that will be remembered for years to come in the Asian nation.

The previous record for fewest goals by a German team at a World Cup was three, scored during the 1938 campaign where they played just two matches - both against Switzerland - and scored one goal in a 1-1 draw and then two in a 4-2 defeat in the replay.

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