Germany crash out of World Cup at group stage in seismic shock

After a shocking win over Germany in El Tri's opening 2018 World Cup group match, Juan Carlos Osorio's men followed up with a 2-1 win over South Korea, but even two wins from two wasn't enough.

Sweden head coach Janne Andersson was full of praise for his side as they entered the last 16 on a high thanks to a morale-boosting win, to top what had been a tough-looking group.

Focus online wrote that Loew had much in common with Merkel, who has often had herself photographed with a successful German team, including when they won the World Cup four years ago.

The result saw Germany eliminated from the tournament, and El Tri, as Mexico's team is called, progress to the next stage of the World Cup in extraordinary circumstances.

South Korea, also eliminated, had the best early chance of the game when Germany keeper Manuel Neuer spilled a free kick in the 19th minute but managed to recover quickly and slap the ball away.

Kim Young-gwon scored the first goal in the third minute of injury time, a goal that sent the Koreans cheering in Kazan and the Mexicans delirious in Yekaterinburg.

Plastic beer cups rained down, before Mexico defender Edson Alvarez compounded a miserable evening with a 74th-minute own goal when he miskicked past Ochoa.

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

"I must take responsibility for this". Son Heung-min's left-footed curler cut the deficit to one in the second half stoppage time, but it was too late to make a comeback.

The pair sat out the dramatic win against Sweden, but inexplicably returned against South Korea - when they again failed to influence the game. "Now the chancellor and trainer are experiencing how fast things can go wrong", it wrote.

Germany qualified for Russian Federation with a ideal record of 10 wins, but Hummels said the team had not played well since they wrapped up qualification late past year.

The team's disappointment and shock at crashing out of the competition in the group stages was summed up on the front of the country's national newspaper Bild.

  • Stacy Allen