Germany Fails To Advance Out Of Group Stage For First Time

Germany Fails To Advance Out Of Group Stage For First Time

Germany Fails To Advance Out Of Group Stage For First Time

Germany finished last in Group F, while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16 - despite Sweden beating Mexico 3-0.

And even though South Korea won the match, they too were also eliminated from the world cup.

"The situation is very hard to put into words", he told ZDF.

The result sparked huge celebrations among the legions of Mexican fans in Russian Federation, and also back home in Mexico City, not least when locals mobbed the South Korean embassy and hoisted the ambassador onto their shoulders, before marching him around in thanks for his team's heroics in helping Mexico into the last 16.

Here are the highlights from day 14 at the World Cup. They were still in position to advance despite trailing Sweden, but they were waiting - some with tears in their eyes - for Germany to do the inevitable and ruin their chances of moving on.

Then, Mexicans at the game - and around the world - cheered wildly when South Korea scored its first goal. The two matches were played at the same time, one in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and the other in Kazan, Russia.

The Taeguk Warriors took care of their own end at Kazan Arena in Kazan, some 800 kilometers east of Moscow, with Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min each scoring in second-half stoppage time.

But it was not to be - the German captain was caught in possession on the half-way line and the ball spilled out to Ju Se-jong, who punted it upfield at the vacant German goal.

Before this tournament, a Germany side had never been knocked out at the group stage since 1938, so it must have come as a shock to many.

The goal was ruled out offside on field but confirmed by use of the Video Assistant Referee. "Of course it's disappointing because we lost in the group but I think I can be proud after this win and we can be proud of this win". And it was South Korea who had the first unsafe opportunity of the match in the 19th minute.

"We beat the world champions from the last World Cup and now I'm looking forward to the next World Cup". "Only the World Cup could make this happen". Joshua Kimmich sent a cross to an unmarked Leon Goretzka for a header from point-blank range, and Jo soared to his right at the last minute and punched the ball out of play.

After a disastrous start to their World Cup campaign, Germany looked to be virtually out of this World Cup when they were being held by Sweden in their second game of Group F, only for Toni Kroos to score a stunner right at the end.

Though Germany had 26 shots attempts to South Korea's 11, they looked disjointed at times, not showing the kind of quality in the final third that has made them the No. 1-ranked team.

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