'Dark day for German football' after World Cup elimination

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Low has a deal until 2022, which he signed just before the World Cup, although it's not clear whether he will want to see that out amid the recriminations in his homeland.

But a 2-0 defeat to South Korea condemned Germany to finish bottom of Group F, and many rival fans enjoying the nation's failures.

Had Germany won today they could have taken Mexico's place in second in Group F.

Back then, there wasn't actually a group stage and instead, a straight knockout tournament was held, where the Germans lost to Switzerland in a replay after they had drawn their initial encounter. I'm still angry and disappointed and at the same time I feel sorry for all our fans who supported us in the stadium or at home in front of the tv or at public viewings.

"We are sorry that we didn't play like world champions".

Besides Germany this year, France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014 were the previous defending champions to get eliminated in the group stage.

Now, we don't have to remind you what happened in 1938, the last time that Germany so spectacularly failed at football's premier event.

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Hummels, who played in his country's 1-0 opening loss to Mexico but missed the last-gasp victory over Sweden with a neck injury, was not prepared to accept all the blame for Germany's failure to beat the Koreans, though.

"We did not deserve to be winning the title once again", Loew said.

Germany were stunned 2-0 by South Korea today to exit the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Portugal defender Bruno Alves says that his team are "not interested" in Germany's demise as they concentrate on themselves at the 2018 World Cup.

Germany ended up last in a group it expected to win.

As for their own team, the fans' disappointment was palpable.

"We saw Sweden had taken the lead so we needed to keep the pressure up but our team was missing the ease of play and the classiness we usually have".

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