South Korea coach 'empty' despite beating Germany

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So, it was not to be a fairy-tale for Korea Republic with the win ultimately being in vain, as Sweden's 3-0 win over Mexico in Ekaterinburg saw those two sides progress to the knockout round.

The four-time winners, who had not been eliminated in a World Cup first round since 1938, were a shadow of their once dominant selves, managing only two goals in their three group games. We might have just witnessed the moment of the tournament, however. We just did not deserve it.

"I think that all of us weren't up for it and did not have the absolute will to show that we wanted to tear something down here at the World Cup", Neuer said.

Germany were stunned 1-0 in their opening World Cup 2018 game against Mexico and appeared to be heading out as they trailed Sweden in their next group game.

The defending champions lost 0-2 to South Korea in their last group F game to end tournament in three points.

Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16. Suele made his first World Cup appearance as a replacement for Jerome Boateng.

"In Rio 2014 we celebrated together, but somethimes in football ou have to accept defeat and admit that your opponents were better".

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The South Koreans tried to take the initiative from the very beginning, but the Germans, as the stronger side, soon took control and pressed high.

The frantic finish continued five minutes later as South Korea added their second.

Loew, who was given assurances by the German FA that he will not be sacked on the eve of the decisive meeting with South Korea, was asked whether he would resign.

The Koreans were quick to launch a counter attack and score a crucial second goal through star player Son Heung-Min.

Although ruled out offside, the goal was confirmed with a review of the Video Assistant Referee, sparking mad celebrations from the Koreans and a gasp from the crowd.

Germany's elimination means the respective defending champions have been knocked out at the group stage for a third consecutive World Cup.

"So I thought we could use that as a reverse strategy and I think that has really hit the nail on the head", said the coach.

But it was a bittersweet victory for the South Koreans, who still failed to advance to the round of 16 despite their performance against Germany.

Sweden took the lead in the 50th minute, with fullback Ludwig Augustinsson marauding in at the far post and confidently drilling home for his first global strike.

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Germany is the third straight World Cup holder to exit early