Germany fell 2-0 to South Korea despite needing just a win to go through after Sweden thrashed Mexico 3-0 in the other Group F game.
Regardless of what path they take, one of these 16 teams is now just four wins away from World Cup glory.
Now, Germany looks to be entering into a rebuilding period, or perhaps more accurately a retooling period, something the country’s history – Germany has won four World Cups in all – and robust club and youth development infrastructure suggests it should be able to do.
Asked about Kim’s strike, which was allowed after Toni Kroos was adjudged to have played the ball backwards, Low said: “The player was in an offside position – that’s what I saw”. “For us, this is a huge disappointment”. At the end we did not do enough, to be honest.
“With all the players they have, all that favouritism, they were still knocked out in the first round”. We gave a bad picture in the three games.
‘The last time we played well was autumn 2017, ‘ admitted Hummels, referring to the 5-1 crushing of minnows Azerbaijan in October.
This prevented the unthinkable scenario of Mexico winning their first two games but still being eliminated after all the fixtures had been played. “I’m incredibly disappointed by this elimination”.
Andersson said he refused to take any pleasure in the demise of the Germans whom he had accused of distasteful celebrations when they beat Sweden.
Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist added: “I didn’t see what happened, I was still on the pitch but I have seen the images and have heard from the players and the coaching staff that the behaviour from the Germans was very poor”.
A shock 1-0 opening loss to Mexico was followed by a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Sweden, with players like Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy and Julian Brandt providing much of their spark in the latter.
Costa Rica scored on Bryan Ruiz’s penalty kick in stoppage time to tie the match, but it didn’t affect Switzerland’s progression as the second-place team in Group E.
‘It needed someone to tell them they have to do it all again from the start.
Mladen Krstajic’s talented Serbia team will always wonder what might have been. “If the players didn’t have all this preparation then we’d surely not see this kind of performance”. 62, own goal 74.
Mexico leads the group with six points but isn’t safe yet.
That goal was cancelled out by Kendall Waston’s header in the 56th minute, the central Americans’ first goal of the tournament.