The unthinkable has happened – Germany have crashed out of the 2018 World Cup at the group stages.
South Korea sealed Die Mannschaft’s fate with a 2-0 victory, VAR awarding Kim Young-gwon a goal which was initially ruled out for offside, though replays showed Toni Kroos had taken a touch.
As the champions clambered around for an equaliser, Manuel Neuer charged up the pitch, allowing Tottenham’s Son Heung-min to slide the ball into an empty net.
Questions will inevitably now be asked about Joachim Low’s future with his side finishing bottom of Group F and having led a game for just one solitary minute over the course of the tournament.
“It’s too early for me to answer that question,” was the manager’s immediate response to being asked whether he would be leaving his post.
Numerous players have come under fire for their displays and Mesut Ozil’s dejected manner at the final whistle wasn’t enough to spare him a barrage of criticism.
The Arsenal playmaker was employed in a relatively deep role and he simply wasn’t able to cut through South Korea’s resolute defence.
German fans aren’t accustomed to such disappointment and the Mirror report that after the game, the former Real Madrid man was involved in an altercation with supporters inside the stadium.
It’s claimed that the 29-year-old reacted badly to fans shouting abuse at the players as they headed towards the tunnel and had to be restrained by a coach.
As stewards did their best to hold back the crowd, some of the backroom staff started shouting back.
Ozil had also been seen throwing his wristband to the ground in frustration.
The mood in the dressing room must have been extraordinarily low and while Germany knew they needed to match Sweden’s result, they can’t have predicted today’s events unfolding as they did.
Since the last World Cup, they have lost Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Miroslav Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger, while the likes of Sami Khedira and Thomas Muller no longer look to be at their best.
The autopsy can now begin. The scenes which are being reported at full-time just sum up a sorry state of affairs and while the 2017 Confederations Cup promised so much for the German national team’s future, much of that optimism has now been shattered.
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