Loew Hails 'lucky' Germany After Dramatic World Cup Win

Oscar Cross
June 28, 2018

The defending World Champions, Germany, are out of the World Cup after losing 0-2 to South Korea in their last group game.

The Germans needed to win by two clear goals in their final group F match at Kazan stadium to advance to the last 16.

With that win they held their fate in their own hands, knowing victory over South Korea would guarantee them of a place in the last 16.

South Korean goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo (R) makes a stop on Timo Werner of Germany (second from L in green) during their teams' Group F match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, on June 27, 2018.

Kim Young-gwon's 92nd-minute goal, awarded after a video assistant referee decision, left four-time winners Germany on the brink of elimination.

South Korean celebrations went up another notch when Son sprinted to retrieve a long ball, and with Germany's captain and keeper Manuel Neuer having gone upfield to try to help his side score, the Tottenham forward fired a low shot into the net to wrap up the win and leave the Germans distraught.

They become the third consecutive world champion to lose out in the group stage after Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014.

"Emotionally right now we are so disappointed".

The BBC and ITV are splitting World Cup TV coverage here in the United Kingdom, and the Germany vs South Korea clash has gone to the Beeb. They may finally get into gear in this match. Germany has reached at least the quarterfinals at every World Cup since 1984.

The goal was awarded because Toni Kroos touch had played him onside, and minutes later Germany were 2-0 down after Neuer ran up the pitch in a desperate attempt to get a goal.

The Germans continued at the same pedestrian pace after halftime and Ozil had another poor display, with many of his passes uncompleted. After getting smoked 3-0 by Mexico in the opening match, the Germans bounced back with a 2-1 victory against Sweden before falling 2-0 to South Korea today.

"Maybe we need one more match and he will be in his full form physically and technically, because he is outside the normal standards". Germany, meanwhile, finish bottom. But one of the favourites for the tournament came up short and have to face up to a awful early exit.

"We need a couple of hours to see things clearly", Loew said.

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