Germany knocked out of World Cup after South Korea loss

Germany, the defending World Cup champions, suffered a 2-0 loss to South Korea today meaning for the first time in team history they've failed to advance past the Group Stage in the World Cup.

Germany, who won the 2014 FIFA World Cup, will not be heading to the next stage of the tournament after losing to South Korea, 2-0.

The result comes eight years to the day since Germany knocked England out of the 2010 World Cup by beating them 4-1 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

A win for Germany would have edged Mexico out on goal difference - but the drama came at the other end as Kim put the ball into the net, although it was initially ruled out for offside.

Moments later Son sprinted to retrieve a long ball, with Germany keeper Neuer having left his goal to try to help his side get a goal, and the Korean striker fired a low shot into the net to wrap up the win and leave the Germans distraught.

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Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16. Three measures, he hinted, were necessary: better ball circulation, better counter-pressing to recycle balls before counterattacks were launched and more protection of the space in front of the back four. Germany pushed forward even more with goalkeeper Neuer leaving his area behind to go deep in the Korean half.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson spoke of his pride after his side topped the group with second-half goals from Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist and an own goal from Edson Alvarez.

Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes discuss how Germany's poor finishing was the reason for their poor World Cup campaign.

Jang Hyun-soo, a much-maligned center back from the first two matches, took Ki's spot as a holding midfielder, alongside Jung Woo-young.

Germany had needed a clear win to move into the last 16, but a series of wasted chances saw the team finish last in Group F. But one of the favourites for the tournament came up short and have to face up to a bad early exit.

Germany limped to a goalless conclusion of the first half but with Mexico vs. Sweden also a stalemate, it did not matter as Low's men were through by virtue of their head-to-head record against the Swedes - a 2-1 win last Saturday courtesy of Toni Kroos' 95th minute victor.

"We need a couple of hours to see things clearly", Loew said.

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