Germany coach Joachim Low ponders over future after defending champions' meek exit

Mesut Ozil- Mesut Ozil was on the bench for Germany in their 2-1 win over Sweden

Mesut Ozil was on the bench for Germany in their 2-1 win over Sweden Credit Reuters

South Korea national football team players show their respect to fans after they beat Germany 2-0 in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F match at Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, on June 27, 2018.

Injury-time goals by Kim Young-won and Tottenham's Son Heung-min sentenced the reigning champions to a humiliating group stage exit for the first time in their history. South Korea also needs Sweden to lose against Mexico in the other group match to finish with a better goal difference.

Germany qualified for Russian Federation with a flawless record of ten wins and as Mats Hummels admitted after defeat to South Korea, the last time the team played well together was late 2017.

Germany's last-gasp 2-1 win over Sweden in its previous match was understandably considered by many to be the type of result that would get them going after a 1-0 loss to Mexico but it ended up meaning little. They became the fourth champions in five World Cups to fall at the first hurdle during their title defence.

"It wasn't my impression when I spoke to the team before that they were under pressure before the match because the Sweden game was on at the same time and we really had the feeling that our team wanted to move ahead and qualify for the knockout stages". In 2002, the group failed to reach France, in 2010, the same failure had overtaken Italy, and four years ago of a place in the playoffs was not Spain.

Live updates of the final group F clash between Germany and South Korea.

"We need a couple of hours to see things clearly".

That's when South Korea stepped up.

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Germany's team of superstars could only look on in shock in the final minutes of the match as U.S. referee Mark Geiger called for the video assistant referee to intervene after the unmarked Kim had bundled his shot past Germany 'keeper Manuel Neuer from a corner early in stoppage time. For South Korea to advance, it would have needed Mexico to beat Sweden.

Saudi Arabia took third place in Group A behind Uruguay and Russian Federation with one win and two losses, while Iran were No. 3 in Group B with one win, one draw and one loss behind Spain and Portugal. We had our chances and kept on playing all the time but it just didn't work.

Timo Werner, Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil and second-half substitute Mario Gomez were among the Germany stars who failed to take goal scoring chances as the South Koreans defended with determination.

Wednesday, Germany would suffer a shocking defeat to South Korea, 2-0.

Germany lost on Wednesday despite dominating in possession - 69 percent to 31 percent - and leading South Korea in shots on goal.

Loew, who recently signed a contract extension, said he would take time to consider his future.

From 30 yards out, it should have been fodder for World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but after fumbling Jung's dipping drive Neuer scrambled desperately to clear as Son raced to pounce.

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