Germany Boss Joachim Low Admits Side Deserved To Go Out

Tyler Owen
June 30, 2018

Mexico lost 3-0 and Switzerland drew 2-2 but Alvarez and Sommer can take heart _ Mexico, Switzerland and the host Russians are the only teams so far to make it out of their groups after scoring on themselves.

Although Germany fell well short in its World Cup title defense this summer in Russian Federation, it did make history of a sort.

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.

Germany's World Cup title defense came crashing down in the most inglorious fashion imaginable on Wednesday. Once the goal was counted there was pandemonium inside the Spartak Stadium Media Centre where Brazilian journalists, who were preparing for their country's match with Serbia, shouted in excitement as the defending champions became former champions. "It seemed the players came onto the pitch looking exhausted, mentally, physically", German fan Jorg Roth told Reuters TV.

Hundreds of happy Mexicans subsequently mobbed the Korean embassy waving flags and chanting.

"To be honest, Germany are a lot stronger than us and it won't be easy", he told a news conference.

Brazil beat Serbia to book date with Mexico in round of 16
Serbia can advance with a draw if Switzerland loses to Costa Rica, coupled with help in goal differential. Others in the last 16 will be wary - the five-time winners mean business in Russian Federation .

Mexico fans celebrated in the stands when hearing that South Korea had scored against Germany. "For us, the thing is to know Mexico inside out so we can outline our expectations".

Low was a prisoner of his own success as he kept faith in a set of players who have done the job for him over the years.

How true these rumours are and how much is down to a section of society looking to blame players whose parents were from outside Germany is open to conjecture, but Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan posing with Turkish president Recep Erdogan recently probably didn't help matters. In 2006, Germany hosted the big tournament but the winners were Italy. From that perspective, mentally, we're very, very strong.

Grateful Mexicans gathered at the embassy after South Korea's win secured Mexico's place in the round of 16 in Russian Federation.

In its first World Cup since 2006, Sweden beat South Korea 1-0 before the 2-1 loss to Germany.

Few would have predicted that Sweden could have topped the standings when Toni Kroos fired home his stoppage-time goal in Sochi, and Andersson was left raging after German officials appeared to taunt the Swedes after the defeat.

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