Germany eliminated from World Cup group stage for first time since 1938

Lynette Rowe
June 30, 2018

To advance to the round of 16, South Korea needed to beat Germany by at least two goals and have Mexico beat Sweden in the other Group F match.

Delving even further back into the history books, it's the first time that Germany have failed to get out of the group stages at the World Cup since 1930.

"We deserved to be eliminated", Germany coach Joachim Loew said. We are just as disappointed as you!

The Germans had denied Guus Hiddink's South Korea a place in the 2002 final with a 1-0 win in Seoul after the co-hosts had ridden a wave of national footballing fervour to defeat Poland, Portugal, Italy and Spain on the way to the last four.

And victory over South Korea would have been enough to progress after Sweden clinched a 3-0 victory against Mexico in Nizhny Novgorod.

The goal was ruled out offside on field but confirmed by use of the Video Assistant Referee.

Loew, who was given assurances by the German FA that he will not be sacked on the eve of the decisive meeting with South Korea, was asked whether he would resign.

The DFB made no comment on future plans for Low or the team, instead wishing their opponents well.

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Germany's team of superstars could only look on in shock in the final minutes of the match as USA referee Mark Geiger called for the video assistant referee to intervene after the unmarked Kim had bundled his shot past Germany 'keeper Manuel Neuer from a corner early in stoppage time.

"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 Germany's 2-0 loss to South Korea on Wednesday, the reigning champion is officially out of the 2018 World Cup.

"I have to take responsibility, obviously", he said.

Mexican soccer fans around the world were celebrating with Korean fans after South Korea's upset of Germany helped Mexico advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup. Meanwhile, Sweden and Mexico advanced to last 16. If Mats Hummels is unable to play because of a neck injury, Germany will likely start Antonio Rudiger and Niklas Sule at center-back.

"We need a couple of hours to see things clearly", Loew said.

From 30 yards out, it should have been fodder for World Cup-winning Neuer, but he fumbled Jung's dipping drive Neuer and scrambled desperately to clear.

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