Brazilian fans staged a funeral procession for the German national team

Brazilian fans staged a funeral procession for the German national team

In goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo, who Kim rated as "tremendous", South Korea may have also found a world-class player who is capable of keeping them in any game. Germany's loss meant that they finished bottom of Group F, failing to advance to the last-16 stage for the first time since 1938.

'We gave a bad picture in the three games.

The first holders not to win a match in the next World Cup also failed to score a goal during a disastrous campaign in Japan and South Korea. The number in the upper right corner a reflection of the team's meek capitulation against a South Korean team in a match that should've been a routine Germany win: 0-2.

Traffic snarled around the embassy in the capital's Lomas de Chapultepec area as jubilant fans leapt up and down, cheered and drank tequila, mobbing Korean diplomatic staff and singing Mexican soccer hymns.

With all this taken into account, the mood in Mexico, a nation who has a proud, if unspectacular, record at the World Cup, was one of giddy relief mixed with ecstasy.

The 2014 World Cup winning coach also owned up to the mistakes his side made in Russian Federation and refused to make any excuses for the two defeats in three group stage games.

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"We absolutely deserve to be out". "We tried everything to play football but we just couldn't get going".

The holders became the third successive champions to be eliminated at the group stage after a shambolic performance in Russian Federation culminated in a 2-0 defeat in Kazan.

'Where we go from here, we'll have to talk about it calmly.

As they ambled off the pitch, fans close to the tunnel area vented their anger at the players. "Expectations? We don't live by expectations, we live by reality", Tite said.

Germany, the winners of the last World Cup in 2014, opened up their campaign in Russian Federation with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Mexico. It did its part by beating Germany, but Sweden's 3-0 victory over Mexico allowed the Swedes to win the group ahead of the second-place Mexicans.

Loew, who guided Germany to the title at the 2014 World Cup after a routing host Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals, said it was too early to talk about his future with the national team. I'm incredibly disappointed by this elimination'.

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