Germany eliminated from World Cup group stage for first time since 1938

The squad have stuck together and built a competitive outfit for the World Cup

South Korean forward Son Heung-min watches his shot go into the German net during the teams' Group F match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, on June 27, 2018.

Germany coach Joachim Low insists Mesut Ozil was not the only player to produce a below-par performance in Wednesday's crucial World Cup defeat to South Korea after a suggestion the Arsenal star did not do all he could.

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.

The Germans' fate was sealed by two goals from Son Heung-min and Kim Young-gwon in added time.

Sweden beat Mexico 3-0, but both teams qualify for the knockout stages. That left the east Asians with room to exploit on the counter-attack, but they were unable to take advantage due to wayward final balls.

They could also have gone through with a draw, if the Sweden-Mexico game had also ended in a draw.

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Germany's task was made more hard when key defender Jerome Boateng was sent off in the 82nd minute for a second yellow card. The Germans were realizing this was not going to be a walk in the park especially as the Taeguk Warriors were looking more defensively solid than in their first two games. Low has had 12 success-filled years at the helm, but the manner of Germany's World Cup exit has been pathetic and there are a multitude of reasons for that.

Low also has the option of shifting Timo Werner out wide - the RB Leipzig man played much better in that position against Sweden - and bringing Mario Gomez as the central striker, which would mean Ozil starting on the bench for a second straight match.

The Sweden-Mexico match had been over, and Germany needed to beat South Korea to squeeze into second place.

Should Neymar and Brazil stumble in Moscow, Switzerland are hoping a win over Costa Rica in Nizhny Novgorod could catapult them into the last 16 as Group E winners. But one of the favourites for the tournament came up short and have to face up to a bad early exit.

"We needed to throw things forward and it opened things up in defence".

Loew was appointed national team coach after the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when he was assistant to Juergen Klinsmann.

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