Manuel Neuer Brands Germany Squad 'Pathetic' After World Cup Group Stage Humiliation

Manuel Neuer Brands Germany Squad 'Pathetic' After World Cup Group Stage Humiliation

Manuel Neuer Brands Germany Squad 'Pathetic' After World Cup Group Stage Humiliation

After beating Germany, 1-0, and South Korea, 2-1, Mexico appeared to be cruising in Russian Federation, but it still faced the possibility of exiting if it lost to Sweden and Germany beat South Korea.

A 2-0 defeat to South Korea in Kazan following stoppage-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min condemned the four-time champions to an ignominious bottom-place finish in Group F.

"Towards the end, we had to take a defender off and bring on Thomas Mueller, we had to take that risk because we needed a goal".

It has been unusual to see them struggle as much as they have, but the level of all of the teams is strong and they have played teams who have been tactically very good against them, and exposed counter-attack situations in particular. We have energetic legs on the pitch and we're sticking to the game plan. So although Kroos' goal saved the day, the game was just another example of huffing and puffing, only this time with a happy ending. "We did a fantastic job today". "I think we've grown since our last match". 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.

Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16.

The Brazilians had to soak up spells of intense pressure from Serbia but finish unbeaten in the group stage.

After winning the 2014 tournament in style to claim their fourth World Cup title, Germany were considered one of the favourites to go all the way once again this year. The Mexicans will need to regroup fast before facing them in Samara on Monday.

"We decided in the DFB executive committee before the World Cup to offer a contract extension", DFB boss Reinhard Grindel told Frankfurt-based newspaper FAZ. Mexico's Edson Alvarez had an own goal in the 74th minute.

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.

Sweden won the group and will play Switzerland on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.

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