Shock Germany win 'shook South Korea upside down'

Heung-min Son

Nervous Germany increased the pressure after the break and poured forward but despite a one-sided second half it could not find the back of the net before South Korea's last-gasp double.

Germany manager Joachim Low is contemplating his future after seeing his side lose 2-0 to South Korea and finish bottom of Group F on Wednesday.

'We're sorry for not playing like world champions, and as painful as it is, we deserve to be out'. I'm still angry and disappointed and at the same time I feel sorry for all our fans who supported us in the stadium or at home in front of the tv or at public viewings. They could also have gone through with a draw, if the Sweden-Mexico game had also ended in a draw.

Germany's departure makes it the fourth champion in the past five World Cup to be eliminated in the group stage, joining Spain, Italy and France.

After the goal, Germany had to commit practically everything for the equalizer but at the cost of leaving no one behind-including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

South Korea were pelted with toffees, a Korean insult, when they returned winless from Brazil 2014 and although they again leave early, after defeats to Mexico and Sweden, they finished above Germany on goal difference in Group F. However, the feeling is Ozil will return against South Korea, with Draxler, who has failed to impress in two straight starts, set to miss out.

With South Korea leading 1-0, Neuer ventured with the ball deep into South Korea's half and was dispossessed of the ball by South Korea midfielders in the 90th minute and Son directed the ball into an empty net for the second goal. Germany had shut out four teams from Asia since then in World Cup meetings.

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Krstajic had said German referee Felix Brych should be sent to the Hague, while Kokeza suggested he had been biased towards Switzerland .

Mexico's 2018 World Cup was dangerously close to coming to a heartbreaking ending.

"Even if we had made it in the last 16, everyone would have liked to play against us".

Loew was appointed national team coach after the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when he was assistant to Juergen Klinsmann.

"We see in this World Cup that it is easy for any team [to be eliminated], except for Belgium and England".

The loss defines what has been a disastrous World Cup for Germany, which began with a defeat by Mexico.

"We had a good training camp", Low added. Sweden and Germany both had three points, and South Korea had zero. With Sweden handily beating Mexico, all Germany needed was a win to advance to the knockout round over El Tri.

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon joined them, tweeting on Thursday: "Reality beat our imagination today" and praising the South Korean footballers.

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