Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Five reasons Germany have failed at the World Cup

Five reasons Germany have failed at the World Cup

Holders Germany are knocked out of the World Cup after shocking 2-0 defeat to South Korea in Group F, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

In the history of World Cup football, the defending champions have crashed out in the first round only six times, four of those have happened since the turn of the millennium: France in 2002, Italy in 2010, Spain in 2014, and Germany this year.

Instead, they will head home after a scarcely believable failure, having also suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opener and only scraped past Sweden with a stoppage- time victor.

GERMANY has been sensationally booted out of the World Cup before the knockout stage for the first time since 1938.

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.

"We believe there will be a transition that will take place after the World Cup, regardless of the outcome of the tournament, and no one is better equipped to handle that than Jogi Loew". South Korea was also eliminated despite the victory. But we have young players who are talented and have the potential to go forward.

South Korea, however, finished its campaign in Russian Federation on a high, scoring two goals in injury time.

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Germany's team of superstars could only look on in shock in the final minutes of the match as United States referee Mark Geiger called for the video assistant referee to intervene after the unmarked Kim had bundled his shot past Germany 'keeper Manuel Neuer from a corner early in stoppage time.

From 30 yards out, it should have been fodder for World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but after fumbling Jung's dipping drive Neuer scrambled desperately to clear as Son raced to pounce.

Ahead of Wednesday's crucial clash with South Korea, Joachim Low said he wanted the "euphoria" of Germany's last-gasp win over Sweden to quickly "subside".

South Korea controversially claimed their first goal in stoppage time after yet another VAR blow-up saw a potential off-side call land in favour of the underdogs.

The Germans even have a word for it: schadenfreude, the feeling of joy caused by the suffering or humiliation of another person; and it was in plentiful supply once the final whistle blew on their disastrous World Cup campaign.

Low again shuffled his pack in Kazan, making five alterations to the team which just about scraped past Sweden, welcoming Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels, Niklas Sule and Leon Goretzka into the starting XI. The mood was somber following Mexico's 3-0 loss to Sweden.

Germany lost on Wednesday despite dominating in possession - 69 percent to 31 percent - and leading South Korea in shots on goal. Loew said he had not yet reflected on the future.

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