Germany sent packing from World Cup during group stages

Both teams could potentially qualify

Both teams could potentially qualify

The defending champions' shambolic tournament came to a resounding end on Wednesday, as South Korea claimed a 2-0 victory in Kazan to ensure Germany finished bottom of Group F.

South Korea knew they were already out themselves, with Sweden coasting to a 3-0 win over Mexico in Group F's other game, but celebrated like they had won the World Cup when referee Mark Geiger awarded the goal after consulting a video replay. And that's when Kim Young-gwon found himself standing in front of the net, with the ball at his feet.

Then six minutes into stoppage time, with Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in possession in the opponents' half, Ju Se-jong gained control of the ball, launched it forward and Son Heung-min tapped into an empty net to score the second.

- This is only the second time that Germany have been eliminated from the first round at the World Cup having last done so in 1938 - however, this is the first time it has happened when the first round has been in a group stage format.

"We've done a fantastic job today with this match", Andersson said.

"We did not deserve it, it has to be said very clearly". "The disappointment is deep inside me".

Toni Kroos tried to spark his side but was denied by Cho Hyun-woo in the 88th minute, one of a number of fine saves by the South Korean keeper.

"We are seriously disappointed and shocked". It's premature for me to say something, I'm incredibly disappointed. We had to take risks, we couldn't go on and wait and because of this we opened the doors in our defence.

Joachim Low is considering his future as Germany manager.

After the match was whistled over, German players looked to be in disbelief; many simply stood or sat on the turf and looked off into the distant horizon - one that which, astoundingly, no longer includes Die Mannschaft reaching the knockout round of the World Cup.

Many critics felt Germany were arrogant in the lead-up to their exit.

Former South Korea forward Ahn Jung-hwan, who scored the goal that knocked Italy out of the last 16 in 2002, said the result showed the unpredictability of the game. But for a team of players who have never played a World Cup before and to play the opening game, for sure, there is something different.

Mexico are stuck playing group E winners and five-time world champions Brazil.

The good news, if there is any, is that Germany's footballing fundamentals are sound. "I wish there had been a fourth group game for us so we could have gone through".

This was Son's first World Cup win at the World Cup.

"Until quite recently we were probably the most constant in terms of performance in the past 10, 12 years". "It was a bit of overconfidence ahead of Mexico - that we can press the button and win".

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