Manuel Neuer Brands Germany Squad 'Pathetic' After World Cup Group Stage Humiliation

Posted July 02, 2018

South Korea goalkeeper Jo Hyun-woo makes a save from a shot by Germany's Leon Goretzka, hidden behind, during the group F match between South Korea and Germany at the World Cup match in Kazan on Wednesday.

Low's tenure is therefore under considerable scrutiny and, despite signing a four-year contract last month, he admitted he would take time to reflect on his future.

With Mexico losing to Sweden in the final match of pool play at the World Cup, the only hope of Mexico advancing to the round of 16, or the knockout stage as it's also called, was defending World Champion Germany suffering an upset loss to South Korea in another match played simultaneously.

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Germany may have suffered a humiliating early exit in the 2018 World Cup following their 2-0 defeat at the hands of South Korea on Wednesday, but that didn't stop them from accepting their defeat graciously. I'm shocked, I'm shocked because we didn't manage to pull it off. But we have young players who are talented and have the potential to go forward.

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. "I'm incredibly disappointed by this elimination".

However, Die Mannschaft were once again far from at their best, with defender Mats Hummels particularly wasteful in front of goal. Initially flagged offside, the goal has finally been allowed after a VAR review.

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One day before the decisive match, Loew said that he had not yet made up his mind about the starting lineup but with a couple of players injured or suspended, he had only 18 players to choose from.

"But if the video referees have taken a different decision, then they will probably be right".

"I can't believe it, my pulse was 180 the whole game, but they deserved to lose", she said.

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Toni Kroos avoided passing to one of his own team-mates during Germany's miserable World Cup campaign because he "did not trust him", according to reports. "It has been unusual to see them struggle as much as they have".