Joachim Loew considering Germany future after shock World Cup 2018 exit

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Two stoppage-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min in Kazan proved just that.

Germany, 2014 champions, are out of Russian Federation 2018 after group stages, their first exit in the World Cup group stages in 80 years.

After defeats to Sweden and Mexico, South Korea were expected to bow out of the tournament against a Germany side who needed a win, but a major surprise occurred in Kazan.

South Korea added one more as time expired, Son tapping in after Manuel Neuer had gone up the pitch as Germany searched for a goal.

All four teams in the group had a chance to advance in games that were being played simultaneously, but Sweden's 3-0 lead over Mexico put Germany in prime position to move on as well - if the Germans could score against the South Koreans.

Mexico and Sweden managed to advance to the Round of 16, after collecting 6 points each.

Germany fans were left devastated as the holders exited the World Cup in the group stage.

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"This is a huge disappointment for us - there was deathly silence in the dressing room", said Low.

South Korea was also eliminated despite the victory. France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014 all suffered the same fate as the Germans who went into the tournament with the nucleus of the side that triumphed in Brazil four years ago.

Mexico was the only team to have won both of its opening games yet still be faced with a realistic chance of being knocked out, and the pressure showed.

The shot was initially ruled offside, but the Video Assistant Referee system confirmed it hit the legs of Germany's Toni Kroos before finding the South Korean's foot. "We lost but we're in the next round", Alcocer said, "So, we're very happy".

The defending champions qualified in style but struggled in their World Cup warm-up games, and they could not turn their form around when they arrived in Russian Federation. Mexico next faces the victor of Group E and, Alcocer concedes, "We have to more careful about everything". South Korea, on three, finished third, ahead of Germany on goal difference.

It will be our last-ditch effort, but whether we go to the round of 16 or not we will do our utmost to win tomorrow's game.

Germany's Mats Hummels heads the ball at the Korean net late in the match.

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