Reigning champions Germany sent home after South Korea loss

Reigning champions Germany sent home after South Korea loss

Reigning champions Germany sent home after South Korea loss

It was the third encounter of Germany and South Korea at a World Cup tournament, with Germany victorious in both of the previous two meetings.

The World Cup holders were dumped out of the tournament on Wednesday following a 2-0 defeat to South Korea.

"I told my players it really was a last-ditch effort for them and I told them that they had to fight until the end", said Shin.

"It was only after the match that we found out the other score (and that Korea didn't qualify), of course we were disappointed and that's why some of us cried". Germany's ill-fated tournament in Russian Federation came to an end after suffering a humiliating 2-0 loss against Korea Republic in the final Group F match.

Germany's number one goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has perfected the role of a sweeper-keeper, dashing off his line to clear the ball whenever the situation arises. Their second match - a 2-1 win over Sweden - ended in dramatic style as Germany fought back from a goal down to snatch the win 5 minutes into stoppage time, courtesy of Toni Kroos. Neither he nor any of his teammates could find similar inspiration in a strangely flat performance against South Korea.

And having committed men forward in an increasingly desperate search for the three points - just one goal would have sufficed with Sweden beating Mexico 3-0 - they were inevitably caught late on with Kim Young-Gwon scoring in the 92nd minute.

National newspaper Bild declared the campaign as "the biggest disgrace in German World Cup history".

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The Germans are the fourth of the last five World Cup winners to be going home after the first round.

"At the moment it is hard to say (why we have been eliminated)".

It was, though, a bittersweet success for the Koreans, who exited the tournament despite recording their first success over the Germans at a World Cup as Sweden and Mexico advanced.

"We did not deserve to be winning the title once again", Loew said. It is embarrassing that we will be eliminated from the table in this group. South Korea went down 2-1, with the first Mexican goal coming on a penalty and the second one on a breakaway followed by a defensive lapse.

Germany suffered the first of several scares after South Korea won a free kick on the quarter hour when Sami Khedira's boot connected with the head of Jung Wooyoung.

The world number one team turned the screw after the break and goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo, who has been the team's best player in Russian Federation, pulled off an outstanding diving save to deny a header from the unmarked Leon Goretzka that looked destined for the back of the net.

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