New low for Germany

New low for Germany

Scores of 1-0 would have created a three-way tie for first on points, goal difference and goals scored, setting in motion a host of other tiebreakers that disfavored Mexico.

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!"

Few gave the Koreans any chance of reversing that defeat on Wednesday, with some bookmakers offering odds of 100-1 on a 2-0 win, but as coach Shin Tae-yong said ahead of the match: "The ball is round, anything can happen". We apologize that we did not play like world champions.

"I don't know if it was the darkest day for German football, but it was definitely a very black one", Kroos told reporters. Against South Korea Low made five changes to the squad, he should have kept the same team that clinched the victory against Sweden. The result allowed Sweden and Mexico to advance.

Mexicans watched in horror as their side were thumped 3-0 in Yekaterinburg, leaving them keeping a nervous eye on the match between Germany and South Korea about 500 miles (800 kilometres) to the west in Kazan. Germany, whom many had pegged a pre-tournament favourites, had looked very shaky in all of their games and most certainly did not look like the power house side we are used to seeing.

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There was to be no happy ending against South Korea as the same flaws showed up time and again.

Midfielder Miguel Layun said it's a place where El Tri can be proud to be after laying the groundwork for success by opening the tournament with a 1-0 win over Germany and following that up with a 2-1 triumph against Korea. In each of the last three World Cups, Argentina met their end at the hands of Germany.

One team the likes of Argentina, Brazil and Portugal wouldn't like to meet in the knockout round is Germany. 62, own goal 74.

Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16.

Sweden won the group and will play Switzerland on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.

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