Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Germans thank Russian hospitality after World Cup exit

Germans thank Russian hospitality after World Cup exit

Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Tuesday that his team will have to find a way to counter South Korea and achieve two clear goals in order to master their destiny and secure a place in the World Cup round of 16.

Sweden head coach Janne Andersson was full of praise for his side as they entered the last 16 on a high thanks to a morale-boosting win, to top what had been a tough-looking group.

In a stunning reverse by the footballing superpower who have reached either the final or semi-finals of every World Cup since 2002, the Germans stumbled to a 2-0 loss to South Korea that left them rooted to the bottom of Group F.

Son Heung-min made it 2-0 three minutes later.

Even in Yekaterinburg, almost 500 miles away, the Mexican fans expected Germany to score.

'We're all stunned - we're shocked, ' said Thomas Muller, the pillar of the 2014 team who seemed strangely unable to influence events this time. Meanwhile, down by two goals against Sweden, Mexican fans turned to the other match to learn their fate.

"But now, with the exit and huge disappointment, we must reflect what the consequences will be and the right steps".

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They're fortunate to have advanced and need to find a way to capitalize on scoring opportunities to get by a tough Uruguay team. On the same day Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina's loss , the other "GOAT" at this tournament was also eliminated.

If he goes, the 58-year-old's misguided loyalty in senior players like Muller, Hummels, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Jerome Boateng will have been a key factor in his downfall. "The last game we delivered a good performance was in the autumn of 2017".

"We are sorry that we didn't play like world champions". "In the end, it was not enough. I wasn't happy with the way we defended but that's a learning curve for me". "We've definitely grown since the last match".

After failing to fire in their opening match in Russian Federation, a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, Brazil appear to be finding their normal fluency with each match as they go in search of a sixth World Cup.

Germany won last year's Confederations Cup in Russian Federation even though Loew opted to leave his World Cup-winning stars at home, boosting his reputation further.

I watched some of the game and they were just unable to break South Korea down.

- It was an astonishing set of a matches played at the same time Wednesday that had teams from four countries all biting their nails.

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