Questions over future of ‘shocked’ Germany coach Joachim Low

Questions over future of ‘shocked’ Germany coach Joachim Low

Mexico's 2018 World Cup was dangerously close to coming to a heartbreaking ending.

Germany became the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage, finishing with a one win - in stoppage time against Sweden - and losses to Mexico and South Korea. " The former England striker then looked into the camera, smiled and waved".

While Joachim Low's side lifted the trophy in Brazil in 2014, they joined Spain, Italy and France in the list of teams to have been dumped out in the group stage following victory in the previous edition of the tournament.

It is a effect of too many Germany stars enjoying their status as World Cup winners without the performances to back it.

Sweden finish top of the group, with Mexico second, and South Korea third.

Germany were stunned 1-0 in their opening World Cup 2018 game against Mexico and appeared to be heading out as they trailed Sweden in their next group game. I couldn't imagine we would lose to South Korea. Meanwhile, Sweden and Mexico advanced to last 16. They blanked Serbia 2-0 in Moscow to win Group F. Switzerland and Costa Rica duelled to a 2-2 tie in Nizhny Novgorod that ensured the Swiss would advance and the Ticos wouldn't go home as the only team not to score. It would have been a depressing journey indeed.

The atmosphere was happier than four years ago when, after a dismal campaign in Brazil, the team was pelted with traditional candies - an insult in Korean culture - at the same airport.

There won't be any flying snacks this time. Shortly before the World Cup he extended his contract until 2022.

South Korean players swept the most-searched terms on major portals and dozens of online petitions were launched on the presidential website, urging Moon Jae-in to exempt star players, including Tottenham Hotspur forward Son and goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo, from their mandatory two-year military service. The domestic K-League has seen attendances plummet in recent years from an average of 11,000 in 2010 to just over 5,000 so far this year. Something that the agency said caused problems in the national team.

Four-times champions and four-times runners-up, Germany were heavily backed to retain their title and add another triumph to Loew's long list of honours.

But some pride has been restored.

Germany qualified for Russian Federation with a flawless record of ten wins, but Hummels said the last time the team played well was when they wrapped up qualification late past year.

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