Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Joachim Low 'shocked' by Germany's early World Cup exit

Joachim Low 'shocked' by Germany's early World Cup exit

Following Germany's shock early exit from the 2018 World Cup, manager Joachim Low admits "big changes" are needed in the national team setup.

Sweden head coach Janne Andersson was full of praise for his side as they entered the last 16 on a high thanks to a morale-boosting win, to top what had been a tough-looking group.

With Mexico losing to Sweden in the final match of pool play at the World Cup, the only hope of Mexico advancing to the round of 16, or the knockout stage as it's also called, was defending World Champion Germany suffering an upset loss to South Korea in another match played simultaneously.

Plattenhardt, 26, made just his seventh cap for Germany in the opening game against Mexico and did not feature for the team again after being substituted off in the 79th minute.

A 0-0 draw would be fine, but if Germany scored, Mexico would be eliminated. "But there isn't a single reason or a single thing for why we failed", he said.

"I don't understand it", said a disappointed Tim Mueller, a fan wearing a Germany T-shirt who lingered at the Fan Mile after many had left.

If he goes, the 58-year-old's misguided loyalty in senior players like Muller, Hummels, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Jerome Boateng will have been a key factor in his downfall. We didn't succeed in our penetration in the last third. At the end we did not do enough, to be honest.

The morning after the final day of group play in 2002, Bruce Arena, the USA coach, was late to his daily press conference in Seoul and opened by apologizing, "I spent the morning shopping for Park Ji-Sung".

"We've done a fantastic job today with this match", Andersson said. "I'm shocked. It is historic". First-half match remain goalless.

After failing to fire in their opening match in Russian Federation, a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, Brazil appear to be finding their normal fluency with each match as they go in search of a sixth World Cup. They will inevitably point to the disallowed penalty in the highly-charged 2-1 defeat to Switzerland when Aleksandar Mitrovic was wrestled to the ground as the point when their World Cup went awry.

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