FIFA World Cup 2018 sets new record for own-goals

Jun 30, 2018, 12:37
FIFA World Cup 2018 sets new record for own-goals

"We advanced to second phase, and thanks to Korea!" said Mexico City resident Edmundo Robert, who was at the game with his son and father-in-law.

It is the first time since 1938 that Germany were knocked out at the first hurdle and after the humiliation they endured at their home tournament, who can play them for getting their own back? Compare that to how they lost to South Korea and were eliminated in Russian Federation. South Korea, on three, finished third, ahead of Germany on goal difference.

The four-time champions allowed a pair of injury-time goals while knowing a 1-0 victory would have been enough to advance because of the result in the other group match.

Several Mexican fans in Russian Federation even hoisted any South Koreans they met onto their shoulders and paraded them outside the stadium, chanting "Korea!"

The holders became the third successive champions to be eliminated at the group stage after a shambolic performance in Russian Federation culminated in a 2-0 defeat in Kazan.

That's when South Korea stepped up. "We tried everything to play football but we just couldn't get going".

'Where we go from here, we'll have to talk about it calmly.

Germany's coach Joachim Loew Thursday acknowledged that far-reaching changes were needed after the Mannschaft's shock exit from the World Cup, adding that he needs some time to consider his future with the team.

After momentarily celebrating their win, South Korean players dropped to the grass, several of them shedding tears, apparently after learning that Mexico lost. Clearly we expected this to be a long tournament for us. "Expectations? We don't live by expectations, we live by reality", Tite said. Mexico was trailing Sweden 3-0 on Wednesday and moments earlier the mood of the Mexicans had been bleak.

Should Ozil be taking the blame for Germany's World Cup exit?

Die Mannschaft were not only the defending champions but they had won the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation last summer with a team of reserves, and had cruised through World Cup qualifying without dropping a point. It's premature for me to say something, I'm incredibly disappointed.

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