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Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos

South Korea was also eliminated despite the victory. "We had high expectations for ourselves but I don't think we could fulfil them in any of the three games", he said.

And Neuer, who only returned from injury in time to captain Germany at this World Cup, insists Die Mannschaft can not dwell on past achievements.

The president of the German Football Association said before the defending champions' group-stage exit from the World Cup that Germany coach Joachim Low would not be sacked, and instead would be kept on to oversee "a transition" in the national team.

They have never won the World Cup and the last time they went beyond the last 16 was in 1986, on home turf, when they were beaten on penalties in the quarterfinals by what was then West Germany.

Supporters of rival teams watched in amazement yesterday as the usually-all-conquering team crashed out of the competition with a 2-0 loss to South Korea.

A last-gasp victor from Toni Kroos against Sweden in the second match appeared to have gotten Germany back on track.

Italy have historically been slow starters in World Cups. But the strategy did not bring much success in the first half.

From numbers one to 23, Germany were lacklustre throughout the entire tournament, and gave off the vibe of a side who believed that merely turning up would see them progress. The Germany keeper bobbled the ball and needed to swipe the rebound away from the attackers after a spectacular dive.

"From the 65th minute we became incredibly hectic, played bad passes and were hit by many counter-attacks".

After Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 on Wednesday, Mexican fans turned their support to South Korea, fearful that a victory by Germany would send their players home.

With Germany out, Brazil coach Tite was confident his team could cope with being the new favourites.

The Spanish had been all-conquering since 2008, winning back-to-back European Championships as well as the World Cup in 2010.

Hummels said the warning signs had been there after Germany lost their opening game 1-0 to Mexico.

South Korea, also eliminated, had the best early chance of the game when Germany keeper Manuel Neuer spilled a free kick in the 19th minute but managed to recover quickly and slap the ball away.

Germany had made it to the quarterfinals at the past nine World Cups, and reached at least to the semifinals at every tournament since 2002. "The disappointment is deep inside me".

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