Germany sip from the 21st century World Cup chalice

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Holders Germany are knocked out of the World Cup after shocking 2-0 defeat to South Korea in Group F, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

After a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in its opener, Germany recovered with a last-grasp win over Sweden and now hopes to build on the momentum to secure a convincing win against South Korea.

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!"

Loew's side began their campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Mexico before rekindling their bid with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Sweden. "We were really disappointed, that's why a lot of us cried".

Before the World Cup started, both Kroos and Jerome Boateng confidently described Germany as "a tournament team" who switch on for finals, and the feeling was things would just click eventually.

"We didn't deserve to win the title again, we didn't deserve to get into the last 16".

Fellow supporter Denis, who travelled nearly 3,000km (1,864 miles) from his home in Stuttgart to watch Germany take on South Korea in Kazan, was equally resigned.

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"We will have to have discussions tomorrow, we'll see how it goes".

South Korea, however, finished its campaign in Russian Federation on a high, scoring two goals in injury time. Originally called out for offside, the goal was given after video review. "I'm a very lucky guy to play for my country and I'm very happy and lucky to have this country", he added.

"The entire German football lost", he said. For South Korea to advance, it would have needed Mexico to beat Sweden.

From 30 yards out, it should have been fodder for World Cup-winning Neuer, but he fumbled Jung's dipping drive Neuer and scrambled desperately to clear.

While their loss to Mexico could be explained by a lack of cohesion between defence and midfield when coming up against counter-attacks, there is little excuse for failing to even score against a Korea side who came into the game without a point. We looked at Germany's formation.

In a desperate search for inspiration, Low sent on Mario Gomez and Thomas Muller for Khedira and Goretzka, but it was Werner who passed up another opportunity when he scuffed his effort harmlessly wide after Ozil's 64th-minute corner had been allowed to reach him beyond the far post. Loew said he had not yet reflected on the future.