'Dark day for German football' after World Cup elimination

Mesut Ozil- Mesut Ozil was on the bench for Germany in their 2-1 win over Sweden

Mesut Ozil- Mesut Ozil was on the bench for Germany in their 2-1 win over Sweden

Mexico, needing only a draw to reach the World Cupround of 16, were drawing 0-0 with Sweden at halftime in their Group F match on Wednesday, after surviving an aerial bombardment and a VAR review.

Germany for the first time since 1938, not out of the group.

One of the pre-tournament favourites going into the World Cup, Germany were brought back down to reality in the first game as they were shocked 1-0 by Mexico thanks to a goal from Hirving Lozano.

KAZAN, Russia Everyone was waiting for Germany to score another late World Cup-saving goal.

Germany won last year's Confederations Cup in Russian Federation even though Loew opted to leave his World Cup-winning stars at home, boosting his reputation further. So we deserved to be eliminated.

The jubilation continued for South Korea although there was also disappointment in not progressing. South Korea didn't qualify for the second round - mathematically they still had a chance even in losing their first two games - but will never forget what happened in Kazan.

Germany's team of superstars could only look on in shock in the final minutes of the match as U.S. referee Mark Geiger called for the video assistant referee to intervene after the unmarked Kim had bundled his shot past Germany 'keeper Manuel Neuer from a corner early in stoppage time.

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Mexico meanwhile thrilled in victories over Germany and South Korea but were overwhelmed by Sweden, who did well to pick themselves up after the demoralizing reverse to Low's side.

Low again shuffled his pack in Kazan, making five alterations to the team which just about scraped past Sweden, welcoming Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels, Niklas Sule and Leon Goretzka into the starting XI.

A long punt upfield saw Tottenham forward Son Heung-min chase a clearance to fire into an empty net and Korea hung on for a famous win that will be a consolation for their own elimination.

Meanwhile in Yekaterinburg, Sweden dominated Mexico 3-0 to move on to the World Cup knockout round.

"Germany are the defending champions and No. 1 in the Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking, so I thought about what mistakes Germany might make, because they probably felt they would be able to beat us - that's what everybody thought", South Korea manager Shin Tae-yong told reporters.

The South Koreans were hit with 16 fouls and four yellow cards, as they fought to find a way to do what many in the sporting world believed was impossible.

"South Korea has players who can execute fast breaks, we will try to adapt", Loew said.

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