Joachim Low 'shocked' by Germany's early World Cup exit

South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng receives medical treatment during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F match between South Korea and Mexico at Rostov Arena in Rostov-on Don

"If the players didn't have all this preparation then we'd surely not see this kind of performance".

Germany, the winners of the last World Cup in 2014, opened up their campaign in Russian Federation with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Mexico.

Germany will play South Korea in their last group match on Wednesday while Mexico takes on Sweden.

"I want us to play at the level we showed before (the tournament) but the World Cup is a different kettle of fish".

"I don't know if it was the darkest day for German football, but it was definitely a very black one", Kroos told reporters. Not only that, Mexico's fans also were pleased with Germany's defeat, because Germany's defeat against South Korea gave Mexico the place in the knockout round.

The holders only needed a victory against South Korea in order to progress as Mexico were beaten 3-0 by Sweden in the other Group F finale, but missed a host of excellent chances en route to a shock 2-0 defeat to go crashing out of the competition.

"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.

Sweden were on course for the last 16 until Toni Kroos stepped up with a wonderful victor in the fifth minute of injury time to rescue the reigning champions 2-1 in a Saturday-night thriller.

Loew brought on substitutes Mario Gomez and Thomas Mueller on either side of the 60-minute mark but his players kept giving the ball away, with most of their attacking combinations lacking precision and speed. I think we tried our best, it wasn't a lack of effort.

South Korea will be relying on Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min if they are to make it to the next round.

It was the first time Germany has been knocked out in the first round since 1938, though the team was not allowed to enter the 1950 tournament.

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.

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.

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