German fans stunned by World Cup elimination

REUTERS  Hannah McKay

REUTERS Hannah McKay

Kim Young-gwon scored the first goal in the third minute of injury time.

Ludwig Augustinsson put the Swedes ahead five minutes into the second half before Marcus Berg won a penalty and Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist, who scored the victor from the spot against South Korea, stepped up to take it.

The 2014 champions, who beat hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals en route to claiming the trophy, are out after finishing behind Sweden, Mexico and South Korea in Group F. Today, for the first time we chose to play with four and not that structure. "We deserved to be eliminated".

"The disappointment of being eliminated is just huge", Low added. "We need to draw the right conclusions".

That was the problem, for Germany.

Sweden 3, Mexico 0 - At Yekaterinburg, Russia: Sweden dominated Mexico to move on to the World Cup knockout round.

Germany made a nervous start, playing slower than it usually does to avoid being vulnerable on the break.

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Andersson and the Swedes will return to their base on the Black Sea coast, and they will find out who they face in the last 16 later on Wednesday.

Soon after, Son connected with a cross from Lee Yong, but his powerful strike from inside the box went wide.

"They are important for other players, too". Jesus Gallardo, a converted winger who signed with Monterrey before the tournament started, is at left back.

"Towards the end, we had to take a defender off and bring on Thomas Mueller, we had to take that risk because we needed a goal".

Gomez had a decent header stopped by Jo in the 68th minute and could not properly connect with a low cross from Kimmich in the 72nd as Germany's hopes vanished.

Liverpool forward Salah never looked in top form following the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final, but he at least showed he can produce on the world stage with a fine effort in the last group game against Saudi Arabia.

So despite a 3-0 loss to Sweden, Mexico was through to the round of 16 for the seventh straight time. Their title defence began with a catastrophic 5-1 loss to Holland - the team they had beaten in the 2010 final - and they were out two games in when Chile defeated Vicente Del Bosque's men 2-0. Mexico, also with six points, came in second, even with a negative-one goal differential.

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