Germany coach Loew refuses to criticise Ozil after World Cup shock

Germany coach Loew refuses to criticise Ozil after World Cup shock

Germany coach Loew refuses to criticise Ozil after World Cup shock

"We have seen that in this World Cup there are no easy games".

Yesterday reigning champions Germany were knocked out of the World Cup at the group stage for the first time since 1938.

Mesut Ozil clashed with a fan after Germany's defeat to South Korea.

And there are still 20 more matches to be played.

The Germans kept peppering the South Korea box with harmless crosses and it was their opponents that came close to scoring from a set piece in the 19th minute after Neuer failed to control a 25-meter free kick from Jung Woo-young. It was first ruled as offside, but following a video review, the referee concluded that South Korea just had scored their second goal of the tournament. Mexico has been to the round of 16 for seven straight World Cups. Mexico fans have since erupted into sheer elation online, tweeting out nothing but love and praise for South Korea. They made the quarter-finals in 2006, losing to France.

"We were eliminated not because we didn't want to win but we never had the chance to take a lead at any point - we were always lagging behind, trying to keep up".

Ozil was dropped by Low for the match against Sweden, which Germany won 2-1 thanks to a late goal from Toni Kroos, whilst Hummels was injured.

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South Korea went physical in this match, committing 24 fouls, and receiving four yellow cards. Wonder if they'll build a statue for the Korean goalkeeper in Mexico City? The loss ended Germany's back-to-back title aspirations before they got any real traction.

Blerim Dzemaili scored first to put the Swiss on top in the 31st minute.

The second half capitulation was a shock.

Switzerland scored in the 88th minute, but it didn't stand up as the victor, as a Costa Rica scored again to level the match three minutes into stoppage time.

South Korea lost its opening two matches but still entered the game with a chance to advance.

With their three goals, Sweden finished atop the group and will play group E runners-up Switzerland.

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

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