Lost to Germany in South Korea and was eliminated from the tournament

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Champions Germany crashed out of the World Cup after suffering a stunning 2-0 defeat by a tenacious South Korea yesterday that eliminated them in the opening round for the first time in 80 years and sent the football-mad nation into mourning.

In a must-win match for the reigning champions, Germany could not live up to the expectations as a resilient South Korea team managed to oust the champions with a 2-0 win.

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.

It is the first time since 1938 that Germany have failed to progress beyond the first stage of the tournament and national newspaper Bild led the fierce criticism, topping its on the whistle report with the line: "This is the biggest disgrace in German World Cup history!"

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.

The loss capped off Germany's most disappointing campaign of recent times and continuing the mythical "curse of the World Cup champion". "Even when it was 0-1, I think we kept trying to turn it all around".

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

The Group F side left fans around the world in awe after failing to score a goal against South Korea in their third clash in Russian Federation. But we have young players who are talented and have the potential to go forward.

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. Germany now needs to beat South Korea by at least two goals to be guaranteed a spot in the last 16. "I'm a very lucky guy to play for my country and I'm very happy and lucky to have this country", he added.

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.

Meanwhile in Yekaterinburg, Sweden dominated Mexico 3-0 to move on to the World Cup knockout round. "We made numerous mistakes against Mexico, fewer against Sweden, but we still lost the ball in midfield".

Loew, who recently signed a contract extension, said he would take time to consider his future.

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