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

Joachim Low's 12-year reign as Germany coach is under severe scrutiny after their World Cup exit

Hundreds of Mexican soccer fans partied outside the South Korean Embassy in Mexico City on Wednesday to thank the Asian country for its victory over Germany that guaranteed the national team a spot in the knockout stage of the World Cup.

Only last month, Low signed a contract extension with the German Football Association (DFB) until 2022, but there are already calls for him to resign.

In 2002, the United States of America lost Poland, 3-1, on the final day of the group stage, but South Korea beat Portugal, 1-0, on a late goal from Park Ji-Sung, when a tie would have sent the Portuguese into the final 16 along with South Korea, the World Cup co-host. He also highlighted the decision taken by Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan to pose for a picture with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to the tournament as symptomatic of the team's problems. "I'm shocked. It is historic. And about that, we must talk". It will take me some hours now to come to terms with it. Germany, the holders, finished bottom of the group after losing to Mexico and South Korea. Initially flagged offside, the goal has finally been allowed after a VAR review.

The result sent shockwaves through the tournament, with England manager Gareth Southgate saying: "Of course I am surprised".

One day before the decisive match, Loew said that he had not yet made up his mind about the starting lineup but with a couple of players injured or suspended, he had only 18 players to choose from.

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Low and his players will return to Germany on Thursday, but with the coach dismissing suggestions that dark times could lie ahead.

"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.

" We didn't deserve to win the title again, we didn't deserve to get into the last 16".

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.

BBC One host Gary Lineker described it as an "extraordinary afternoon". 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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