Historic Germany win leaves South Korea coach feeling 'empty'

Jun 29, 2018, 16:32
Historic Germany win leaves South Korea coach feeling 'empty'

The holders were dumped out in the group stage after losing 2-0 to South Korea.

Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min scored the goals in Kazan, both of them coming in added time as Germany threw everyone forward for a late goal.

Germany's early exit from this year's World Cup has made headlines across the world - with newspapers from a host of countries featuring the defending champions' plight on their front pages. They won all three group games, and a run to the semis like in 1998 is not beyond them, although coach Zlatko Dalic had a warning for his team before facing Denmark.

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It's indisputable that Joachim Löw is one of the greatest national team coaches of all time, having overseen the great revolution in German football ever since arriving as Jurgen Klinsmann's assistant in 2004.

And following their exit, the odds on England winning this summer's World Cup have shortened to 8/1. The trend shows that illusion of invulnerability - and perhaps loyalty to senior players four years further on - in fact makes you extremely vulnerable.

"Those mediocre people who have never achieved anything in life will say that it's a miracle that we got through, but what we have achieved is important", he wrote on his Instagram page.

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"I'm shocked. Shocked because we didn't manage to pull it off and beat Korea Republic and we lost this game". I can not answer why that happened. 'I take responsibility for that and stand up for that, but I thought it was a good team. We screwed up, (and) we screwed up together'.

On the quarter-hour mark, Mexico, who had the overwhelming support inside the stadium, should have taken the lead when Carlos Vela found himself in space on the edge of the box.

"It's a psychological thing and the players still don't know how the play with the burden of being winners". "The disappointment is deep inside me".

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