Germany eliminated with shocking loss to South Korea

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Germany coach Joachim Loew said he felt "huge disappointment" at seeing the holders crash out of the World Cup but said they had fully deserved it after they were sensationally beaten 2-0 by South Korea on Wednesday.

A 2-0 defeat to South Korea in Kazan following stoppage-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min condemned the four-time champions to an ignominious bottom-place finish in Group F.

Shin's men took full advantage - Kim Young-gwon scoring from close range in the second minute of stoppage time, before Son rounded things off with Manuel Neuer caught up the pitch.

With Mexico falling 3-0 behind to Sweden in Ekaterinburg it was left with no choice but to hope that the Germans failed to win their game against South Korea, being played simultaneously in Kazan.

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Germany's last-gasp 2-1 win over Sweden last week was considered by many - understandably - to be the type of result that would get them going after a 1-0 loss to Mexico, but it ended up meaning little.

And Loew, the 58-year-old who guided Germany to the world crown in Brazil four years ago, admitted he now needs time to decide whether his 12-year reign will continue - despite signing a new four-year contact in May. I'm still angry and disappointed and at the same time I feel sorry for all our fans who supported us in the stadium or at home in front of the tv or at public viewings.

The World Cup is held every four years. "Also the dynamism that led to the goalscoring opportunities was not there, so we deserve to be eliminated". This was made possible by South Korea that beat defending champions Germany. "How we go from here is something we have to talk about", he said.

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South Korea will be one of the favourites to win the tournament, which begins in early January and runs until early February - which is a blow for Tottenham Hotspur. For South Korea to advance, it would have needed Mexico to beat Sweden. But this is the third straight World Cup in which the previous champion has been knocked out before the end rounds.

The normally rock solid Neuer spilled a free kick in the first half but his counterpart, Jo Hyeon-woo, didn't put a foot wrong. But despite the loss, Mexico managed to qualify for the next round and join Sweden.

"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.

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