The World Cup Competition is Getting Tough

South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng receives medical treatment during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F match between South Korea and Mexico at Rostov Arena in Rostov-on Don

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He has been a massive player for Germany in recent years so that was a big call, and then for the South Korea game there were more changes.

"Now is one of the hardest moments for the entire team and also for me personally", the Juventus man said.

Finally, former German global Dietmar Hamann believes Germany didn't deserve to get through the group stages.

Mexico fans were particularly delighted after South Korea's last-gasp win allowed them to qualify for the last 16 behind Group F winners Sweden - while Germany finished rock bottom.

"We believed in it until the very end, we tried to shoot, but we just couldn't get the ball in".

That was the problem, for Germany.


Germany made a nervous start, playing slower than it usually does to avoid being vulnerable on the break. If they continue to play well the result will come.

Gomez had a decent header stopped by goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo in the 68th minute and could not properly connect with a low cross from Joshua Kimmich in the 72nd as Germany's hopes vanished. "Expectations? We don't live by expectations, we live by reality", Tite said.

Celebrations spread to the historic center of the capital, where World Cup games are being shown on giant screens.

Mexico lost 3-0 and Switzerland drew 2-2 but Alvarez and Sommer can take heart _ Mexico, Switzerland and the host Russians are the only teams so far to make it out of their groups after scoring on themselves. What had undone them was the 1-0 defeat to Mexico. Clearly we expected the World Cup to be another long tournament for us and the only thing I can say is that after three games we weren't able to play our best at any stage.

South Korea themselves were eliminated from the tournament as a result, but may now find themselves cheering for Mexico, as an unlikely global friendship appears to have bloomed.

Germany will look at why players who have shone in previous World Cups didn't do the business this time - Thomas Muller, for instance, has excelled in the past and won the Golden Boot but didn't score in this tournament. "The disappointment is deep inside me".

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