Team Manager Joachim Low has suggested there will be ‘public uproar’ following of Germany shock group stage exit from World Cup 2018 in Russia.
The 2014 World Cup winners finished bottom of Group F after losing 2-0 to South Korea, the first time Germany have gone out in the first round of a World Cup since 1938.
With Germany unable to find a breakthrough in Kazan and in desperate need of a goal, their reign came to a crushing end in stoppage time at the end of their final match.
At this tournament we didn’t deserve to win again or move to the round of 16.
Kim Young-gwo scored from close range and while it was initially ruled out for offside, VAR intervention came along and showed that Toni Kroos had inadvertently played the final pass, allowing the goal to stand.
Germany now needed two goals to progress and as they threw everyone forward – goalkeeper Manuel Neuer included – the South Koreans stole possession and launched a long ball forward that Son Heung-min was able to tap into an empty net.
“This is something for us to reckon with,” Low said. “This is historic. I am sure this will create some public uproar in Germany.”
Sweden, so cruelly denied by Germany last week, won the group with a 3-0 win over Mexico, which meant Germany needed to win their game in Kazan. Low admits they didn’t deserve a last-16 berth.
“At this tournament we didn’t deserve to win again or move to the round of 16. We were eliminated not because we didn’t want to win but we never had the chance to take a lead at any point – we were always lagging behind, trying to keep up,” he added.
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