With a win over Serbia that booked a spot into the knockout stage and a Germany loss to South Korea that saw the reigning champs crash out incredible early, it's safe to say that Brazil fans enjoyed two "wins" on Wednesday. People bought Germany flags, coffins, and held a procession with music to commemorate a team that utterly embarrassed them FOUR YEARS AGO. "In the end, it was not enough. Even when it was 0-1, I think we kept trying to turn it all around". South Korea was also eliminated despite the victory.
This is the first time since 1938 that Germany has failed to qualify from the group stage of the World Cup, reports Sputnik news agency. But instead it was Sweden and Mexico who advanced after the Swedes romped to a 3-0 win over the Mexicans in Yekaterinburg. They were still in position to advance despite trailing Sweden, but they were waiting - some with tears in their eyes - for Germany to do the inevitable and ruin their chances of moving on.
Neuer was personally at fault for South Korea's second goal as he was caught in possession on the edge of the Koreans' penalty box deep into injury time, allowing Ju Se-jong to play a long ball up field for Son Heung-min to tap into an empty net.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert took the stiff-upper-lip approach, tweeting after the loss "Not our World Cup - that is sad!" Mexico conceded an own goal by Edson Alvarez in the 74th minute of the game.
The Swiss will face the Swedes in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday but must do so without captain Stephan Lichtsteiner who will be suspended after picking up a yellow card. Meanwhile, down by two goals against Sweden, Mexican fans turned to the other match to learn their fate. But they controlled this one.
Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 to top Group E and cruise through to a last-16 meeting with Mexico.
Low only gave rising stars like Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka, Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Suele first-team place when his 2014 winners were struggling, suspended or injured.
Bjerim Dzemaili slammed in Switzerland's first goal from close range after being set up by a header from Breel Embolo.