Holders Germany knocked out after 2-0 defeat

Tanya Simon
July 1, 2018

But nothing went according to Loew's plans this month, and Germany, which had reached the semifinal of every major tournament since 2006, exited on the back of a humiliating 2-0 loss to South Korea, failing to make it past the opening round for the first time since 1938. "And now the situation is more complex, Germany will be a much tougher opponent than we first expected". Meanwhile, down by two goals against Sweden, Mexican fans turned to the other match to learn their fate.

Forward Son Heung-min, South Korea's most influential player, echoed his coach's promise that the players would be unstinting in their efforts. As Sweden added one goal after another, it still remained 0-0 in Kazan.

The latter wasn't going to happen, but the Koreans didn't give up.

Germany will look at why players who have shone in previous World Cups didn't do the business this time - Thomas Muller, for instance, has excelled in the past and won the Golden Boot but didn't score in this tournament.

Osorio blamed Mexico's defensive structure for the heavy defeat.

"We must make it as hard as possible for Germany to play their own game and instead of having too many thoughts in their heads, the players must play simply and accurately". "Basically, we defend with four".

"We're sorry we didn't play like world champions".

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"We're out now, but there's still the European Championship", he said, referring to the European Football Championship coming up in 2020. "Maybe we have to change some parts of the team and start again and some players should not get another call up, because they are past their best", Basler said.

'We were eliminated not because we didn't want to win but we never had the chance to take a lead at any point - we were always lagging behind, trying to keep up.

Said Granqvist: "We've let it go and are focusing on the match tomorrow, but it did have an impact on us to some extent".

The technically gifted Brandt did not get much time at the World Cup, but he made convincing appearances as a substitute, showing the enthusiasm that his older teammates lacked.

Cavani tapped home from close range into an empty net to seal a 3-0 win over Russian Federation to cap a flawless group stage for Uruguay.

South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong did not reveal which player would captain his side against Germany, just saying the role would not be for the faint-hearted.

Mexico 2 South Korea 1.

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