Germany football team apologises for poor showing, thanks fans

Posted June 29, 2018

Mexico fans went insane following South Korea's late goals against Germany, having feared they could be set to crash out of the tournament despite a scintillating start to the campaign.

"All I can say is thank you to our fans who always support us".

"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".

Germany qualified for Russian Federation with a ideal record of ten wins, but Hummels said the last time the team played well was when they wrapped up qualification late a year ago.

Mario Gomez of Germany reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Korea Republic and Germany at Kazan Arena on June 27, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. They could also have gone through with a draw, if the Sweden-Mexico game had also ended in a draw.

It was the first time Germany have been knocked out in the first round since 1938, though the team was not allowed to enter the 1950 tournament.

"At this tournament, we didn't deserve to win again or move to the round of 16", Low added.

Ozil was heavily criticised for his performances at the World Cup.

"Since we won, everything went as planned", South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong said.

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Then six minutes into stoppage time, with Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in possession in the opponents' half, Ju Se-jong gained control of the ball, launched it forward and Son Heung-min tapped into an empty net to score the second.

Germany urgency was not matched by their normal efficiency and soon legs started to tire.

South Korean football has been in the doldrums of late. The video assistant referee (VAR) showed that the ball first came off a Germany player and it was ruled that the goal was not offside. As it turned out, South Korea's win kept Mexico in the competition.

His men nearly fell behind to a shock South Korea opener on 19 minutes - and in freakish fashion.

It's the first time in at least 80 years that Germany has failed to advance out of the World Cup's group stage.

"It is a really, really bitter evening for us", defender Mats Hummels told German broadcaster ZDF. South Korea, on three, finished third, ahead of Germany on goal difference.

After pressing hard for most of the first half and wasting numerous chances, Sweden finally found the net when left back Ludwig Augustinsson charged up the field in the 50th minute and angled home a left-footed volley.

"We believed in it until the very end, we tried to shoot, but we just couldn't get the ball in".

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