Germany's Joachim Low set for talks about future after World Cup exit

Mesut Ozil

"We need to congratulate our opponents", an apologetic Loew, who has overseen a golden era in German football since 2006, told reporters. It happened to other nations before. "We deserved to be eliminated".

The central defender had the chance to break the deadlock in the 87th minute of Germany's final Group F match against South Korea when Mesut Ozil swung a cross into the penalty area.

Looking ahead to the round of 16, Mexico will play Brazil, the victor of Group E.

"We've done a fantastic job today with this match", Andersson said.

South Korea's Kim Young-gwon scored in added time following a video review and Son Heung-min added another goal into an empty net just before the final whistle for the South Korean victory.

It is the first time since 1938 that Germany have failed to progress beyond the first stage of the tournament and national newspaper Bild led the fierce criticism, topping its on the whistle report with the line: 'This is the biggest disgrace in German World Cup history!'

South Korea didn't miss Germany's mental breakdown as the game entered the second half stoppage time.

"I'm so incredibly proud, nearly moved as the thought of how we performed on the pitch, so disciplined". "The situation is very hard to put into words".

"It was only after the match that we found out the other score, of course we were disappointed and that's why some of us cried".

The 29-year-old, who was an integral part of the team who won the last World Cup in Brazil, said he was at a loss to explain what had gone wrong with Germany's campaign.

Even in Yekaterinburg, almost 500 miles away, the Mexican fans expected Germany to score. We didn't succeed in our penetration in the last third.

South Korea's 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign can be summarized with this: one stunning win and two painful losses.

At Yekaterinburg, Sweden dominated Mexico 3-0 to move on to the knockout round, along with the Mexicans.

Second-half goals from defenders Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist from the penalty spot, plus a comical own goal were reward for a physical display from Sweden, who only made it to Russian Federation by beating Italy in the play-offs. Outside the South Korean embassy in Mexico City, fans chanted "Corea, hermano, ya eres Mexicano", which translates to "Korea, brother, you're now Mexican". Gundogan in particular was targeted with boos in the team's friendly against Saudi Arabia on the eve of the World Cup.

German Football Association president Reinhard Grindel said before Germany's exit that Low would be kept on to helm a transition for the team.

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