Loew says Germany 'deserve' to crash out of World Cup
Joachim Loew (Getty Images)
Kazan Arena - Germany coach Joachim Loew
said he felt "huge disappointment" at seeing the holders crash out of
the World Cup but said they had fully deserved it after they were sensationally
beaten 2-0 by South Korea on Wednesday.
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The four-time champions needed to beat the
unfancied Asians by two clear goals in their final group F match in Kazan to
advance to the last 16.
But after spurning a series of scoring
chances, Germany were stunned in five dramatic stoppage-time minutes as South
Korea scored twice to record a historic win over the world's number one-ranked
team and leave the Germans rock bottom of the group.
It is the first time Germany have failed to
reach the knockout stage of a World Cup since 1938.
"I'm shocked because we didn't manage
to beat South Korea and qualify," said Loew, who said he will wait for
"a couple of hours" before making any decision on his future.
"The disappointment of us being
eliminated is just huge," Loew conceded.
"We didn't deserve to win the title
again, we didn't deserve to make the last 16. We tried hard to win, but we
never earned the chance to take the lead."
Germany are the sixth holders in history to
fall at the first hurdle and their demise came four years after defending
champions Spain also failed to make it out of the group stage in Brazil.
Loew's side began their campaign with a 1-0
defeat to Mexico before rekindling their bid with a last-gasp 2-1 win over
Sweden. The Swedes won the group on Wednesday after beating Mexico 3-0, but the
central Americans also went through.
"First, we need to congratulate our
two opponents who made it out of the group," said Loew.
"For us it's a huge disappointment. At
our training camp we prepared well, and we came here ready to take on the role
of defending champions.
"But we didn't play the top-class
football we needed to. We created chances against Korea, but we couldn't relax
and score the goals we needed.
"Since 2006 we've been among the last
four or in the final. This time we didn't perform to a level sufficient to
allow us to do that.
"We have to admit this is a
Timo Werner, Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil and
second-half substitute Mario Gomez were among the Germany stars who failed to
take goalscoring chances as the South Koreans defended with determination.
The Asians, however, were also dangerous on
the counter-attack and more than once carved opportunities to keep Germany
goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on his toes.
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Germany suffered the first of several
scares after South Korea won a free kick on the quarter hour when Sami
Khedira's boot connected with the head of Jung Wooyoung.
From 30 yards out, it should have been
fodder for World Cup-winning Neuer, but he fumbled Jung's dipping drive Neuer
and scrambled desperately to clear.
After failing to find a way past superb
Korea 'keeper Jo Hyeonwoo in the second half, Germany could only look on in
shock as US referee Mark Geiger called for the video assistant referee to
intervene after the unmarked Kim Younggwon had bundled his shot past Neuer from
a corner early in stoppage time.
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 grab an equaliser.
A long punt upfield saw Tottenham forward
Son Heung-min chase a clearance to fire into an empty net and Korea hung on for
a famous win that will be a consolation for their own elimination.
Loew said he had not yet reflected on the
"How we go from here is something we
have to talk about," he said. "It's too soon but we'll talk about it