All they needed was one goal from South Korea to breathe easy. The passion was very visible, especially among Brazil fans, after Germany failed to make it out of the Group Stage in the World Cup for the first time ever, fans host a fake funeral for the German Soccer Team.
The four-time champions allowed a pair of injury-time goals while knowing a 1-0 victory would have been enough to advance because of the result in the other group match. We apologize that we did not play like world champions.
"The situation is very hard to put into words", he told ZDF.
The 58-year-old, who took over in 2006 and recently signed a contract extension through to 2022, said he was taking responsibility for the premature exit after losses to Mexico and South Korea in the group stage.
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.
However, Mexico still advances to the next round in second spot thanks to Germany's defeat.
Son Heung-min made it 2-0 in the sixth minute of stoppage time after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer came up the field to help his teammates outside the South Korea box.
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Spain made their extra substitution seven minutes later when Rodrigo Moreno replaced Marco Asensio. A Russian fan celebrates his team's win over Spain in the World Cup .
Clearly we expected the World Cup to be another long tournament for us and the only thing I can say is that after three games we weren't able to play our best at any stage.
He said: "Until quite recently, we have probably been the most consistent, in terms of performance, team in the past 10, 12 years. I think we've grown since our last match".
There was to be no happy ending against South Korea as the same flaws showed up time and again.
We have learned an enormous amount from studying Germany as a team.
Switzerland 2, Costa Rica 2 - At Nizhny Novgorod, Russia: Switzerland qualified for the round of 16 despite twice losing the lead in a draw with Costa Rica, which had already been eliminated. 62, own goal 74.
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.