Germany's shock World Cup exit another case of the winner's curse

Jun 28, 2018, 19:02
Germany's shock World Cup exit another case of the winner's curse

We are all disappointed by what happened. But we have young players who are talented and have the potential to go forward. "We deserved to be eliminated".

That's not to say that South Korea didn't deserve their win, but, as German defender Mats Hummels said, on another day he could have converted an 86th minute headed chance and the German could hav slipped through.

Instead, they will head home after a scarcely believable failure, having also suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opener and only scraped past Sweden with a stoppage- time victor.

Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16.

"We've done a fantastic job today with this match", Andersson said.

Elsewhere, Mexico fans carried South Korean fans aloft through Mexico City's main square in a victory march after the result. We have energetic legs on the pitch and we're sticking to the game plan.

South Korea didn't miss Germany's mental breakdown as the game entered the second half stoppage time.

This was the first time since 1938 that Germany was knocked out in the group stage. "I couldn't imagine we would lose to South Korea". "The situation is very hard to put into words".

"I had a big chance, I had to score this one", Hummels told reporters.

He added: "We want to accomplish the impossible".

"Germany are the defending champions and number one in the Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking, so I thought about what mistakes Germany might make, because they probably felt they would be able to beat us - that's what everybody thought". We didn't succeed in our penetration in the last third.

"Thanks Korea, because of you we are still in the world cup".

A win over Germany and Sweden's loss to Mexico would have forced three teams, except Mexico, to count tiebreakers.

That is, unless winless South Korea somehow managed to avoid defeat by Germany and erase the possibility of a three-way tie for the group, which Mexico would have lost on goal difference.

Faces of defeat: Germany fans in Berlin watch on in horror as the defending champs are eliminated from the Fifa World Cup.

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