German FA officials at World Cup fined for celebration provoking Sweden
Jun 28 2018
As the dust settles on Germany's stunning early exit from the World Cup, fingers will be pointed and questions asked as to why the reigning champions suffered such a spectacular fall from grace in Russian Federation.
Germany coach Joachim Loew refused to criticise Mesut Ozil after they were bounced out of the World Cup by South Korea yesterday.
Dutch paper AD Sportwereld featured a photo of Germany's players with their hands on their heads at the final whistle against South Korea. South Korea, on three, finished third, ahead of Germany on goal difference.
Supporters of rival teams watched in amazement yesterday as the usually-all-conquering team crashed out of the competition with a 2-0 loss to South Korea.
That's when South Korea stepped up. And Son Heung-min scored on a long cross from Ju Se-jong on an empty net.
Plastic beer cups rained down, before Mexico defender Edson Alvarez compounded a miserable evening with a 74th-minute own goal when he miskicked past Ochoa. "Our flights from Mexico to Korea have a 20% discount".
The Bayern centre-back is fit to start and he replaces team-mate Jerome Boateng, who is suspended.
Loew, who guided Germany to the title at the 2014 World Cup after a routing host Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals, said it was too early to talk about his future with the national team. A penalty kick goal by Carlos Vela following Jang Hyun-soo's handball in the box and Javier Hernandez's neat finish on a counter attack gave Mexicans 2-0 lead.
Mexico now have an impressive seven points in the group and will go through to the round of 16 with a huge amount confidence after wins over Germany and South Korea.
Take a look at some loving tweets from the Mexican fans below.
Hummels said the warning signs had been there after Germany lost their opening game 1-0 to Mexico. Mexico, meanwhile, only played seven fouls and saw no one booked. He became unavailable for the next match against Germany with a left calf injury.
Even with two straight losses, however, South Korea had not given up their hopes for the round of 16.