Germany out of World Cup 2018

MOSCOW RUSSIA- JUNE 17 Jerome Boateng of Germany reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium

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"World Cup 2018 was not what we expected".

It is the first time since 1938 that Germany has not advanced out of the group stage of World Cup play. For years to come, Kazan, a city on the Volga River in southwest Russian Federation, will be associated with miracles in South Korea, and with nightmares in Germany.

The shock result sees them eliminated in the first round of the tournament for the first time in 80 years.

A late corner into the German box bobbled around until it found the foot of South Korea's Kim Young-gwon, who tapped it over the leg of oncoming German captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

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

Defeat for Sweden against Mexico could have led to Shin's side progressing beyond Group F on goal difference. Following their match against Sweden, Mexico's faithful turned their attention to the end of South Korea's game in Kazan.

But he was caught out as a long ball left Tottenham forward Son with the simple task of walking the ball into the net to spark jubilant celebrations among the Asian side, even though their elimination had already been confirmed.

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The Taeguk Warriors went home with three defeats at the 1990 World Cup in Italy where they faced Spain, Belgium and Uruguay in the group stage.

Asked whether he will continue in the role he has held for the last 12 years, Low, 58, told a press conference: "That's hard to say. We are responsible. It's very bitter and also just pathetic". "For two days we looked at their strategy and felt they'd probably play 4-4-2, adapting to 4-2-3-1".

From the first seconds of a crucial match of the group stage, the Germans faced a familiar problem - Germany had good control of the ball but didn't create chances.

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The Germans continued at the same pedestrian pace after half-time and Mesut Ozil had another poor display, with many of his passes uncompleted. He also stopped substitute Mario Gomez's second-half header.

Low and his players will return to Germany on Thursday, but with the coach dismissing suggestions that dark times could lie ahead.

Germany must win by two clear goals in Kazan on Wednesday to be sure of reaching the last 16. Germany need to win on Wednesday to advance to the round of 16. But the team never really seemed to recover from its opening 1-0 loss to Mexico. Their chances depended on the results of the other match.

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