Defending champion Germany was sent crashing out of the World Cup after suffering a stunning 2-0 defeat by a tenacious South Korea that saw it eliminated in the first round for the first time in 80 years.
However, they once again flattered deceive against South Korea in Kazan and can have few complaints about their early exit as Young-Gwon Kim and Heung-Min Son both scored in stoppage time.
Germany have failed to win two matches in a four-team group stage for the first time in 32 years, since this format was introduced to the World Cup, and only for the fourth time overall. The Swedes won the group on Wednesday after beating Mexico 3-0, but the central Americans also went through.
Having been backed at [1.01] to qualify, defeated Germany finish as Group F's bottom side with Sweden top and Mexico second, and Low's tenure as manager will surely come to a swift end despite signing a new contract pre-tournament.
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So far this summer, we've already seen plenty of shocking results, insane red cards, last-minute winners, and VAR madness. They did not have speed in the game.
Unfortunately for South Korea, who had been given no hope following defeats to Mexico and Sweden, it was not enough to secure their passage to the last 16 for the first time since 2010. The disappointment of us being eliminated is just huge.
South Korea took a 93rd minute lead when Kim found the roof of the net from two yards out.
And finally, the obvious conclusion that this is the best World Cup ever and that... it's coming home. During the game we were just concentrating on the game.
Germany's team manager Oliver Bierhoff, also a director at the German football federation (DFB), said he believed Loew would not resign following their shock elimination in the group stage.
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"There was nothing and therefore if we don't deserve it, we shouldn't make it to the next round", he said, adding that it was right for Sweden and Mexico to progress to the knockout stages.
The goal, a seemingly meaningless one from South Korea's side, elicited a big reaction.
The four-time winners peppered the South Korean goal throughout the final group game but a combination of blocks and heroic saves from goalkeeper Cho Hyun-Woo kept the score level after 90 minutes.
With that win they held their fate in their own hands, knowing victory over South Korea would guarantee them of a place in the last 16.
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