Roots of Germany's exit there to see in World cup preparations

Sherman Parsons
July 2, 2018

Scores of 1-0 would have created a three-way tie for first on points, goal difference and goals scored, setting in motion a host of other tiebreakers that disfavored Mexico.

Nine members of the 2014 squad went to Russian Federation and the majority of them were first choice for at least two of Germany's matches.

Germany will play South Korea in their last group match on Wednesday while Mexico takes on Sweden.

Brazil had better hope that it wins the World Cup, because it deserves whatever comes its way if it loses.

"The situation is very hard to put into words", he told ZDF. Not only that, Mexico's fans also were pleased with Germany's defeat, because Germany's defeat against South Korea gave Mexico the place in the knockout round.

Reigning champions Germany and a nation that always seems to find a way to win, was eliminated from the group stage of World Cup on Wednesday after suffering a shambolic 2-0 defeat to South Korea. The result allowed Sweden and Mexico to advance.

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That assistance will be crucial against a talented but inconsistent Mexican side that have gone from beating Germany 1-0 in their opener to losing 3-0 to Sweden in their final group game.

South Korean media hailed the win over the world's top-ranked side as the "Miracle of Kazan" after defeat at the hands of Germany in 2002 in Seoul.

"We've had this situation - when the team was knocked out of the European Championship in 2004 after the group stage", said the Germany coach, as quoted by sportskeeda. "I think we've grown since our last match".

That's when South Korea stepped up.

Like many, he directed his frustration at team coach Joachim Loew, who he said pursued too much of a defensive strategy. Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan also brought focus on the team when they were pictured in May with controversial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of his country's elections, leading to Germany's political leaders asking for explanations. Mexico's Edson Alvarez had an own goal in the 74th minute.

Switzerland joined Brazil in the second round as runners-up after they drew 2-2 with Costa Rica in Nizhny Novogrod.

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