Low won't be sacked after early exit - German FA

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Germany's defeat ensured Mexico's berth in the Group 16, despite their 0-3 loss to Sweden.

The embassy was bombarded by phone calls thanking South Koreans, Korea's Yonhap news agency said, including one from Mexico's undersecretary for foreign affairs.

World Cup holders Germany returned home on Thursday desperately looking for answers following their historic exit, with head coach Joachim Low set to suffer the consequences of a disastrous campaign.

The Germans had denied Guus Hiddink's South Korea a place in the 2002 final with a 1-0 win in Seoul after the co-hosts had ridden a wave of national footballing fervour to defeat Poland, Portugal, Italy and Spain on the way to the last four.

Brazil's relatively straightforward passage to the last 16 has created optimism among fans betting on a sixth World Cup title but coach Tite is using his characteristic restraint to prevent over-confidence among his players. "The players, the entire team, the technical officials, we wanted to do everything to give our players the chance to succeed on the pitch".

Instead of Germany advancing out of Group F, it's Sweden and Mexico that advance. "There are expectations on us because we played so well in the qualifiers and friendlies".

But in 2002, then-defending champions France were summarily defeated in the group stage as well.

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After 12 golden years in charge crowned by the 2014 World Cup win in Brazil, Low is considering his future after getting his tactics so badly wrong and placing faith in former stars past their prime.

The president of the German Football Association (DFB) expects there to be changes in the squad after the tournament in Russian Federation but insists Loew, 58, will oversee the grooming of the next generation. They were not playing with body language.

"The World Cup only comes around every four years and we expected so much from us". "He couldn't motivate the team and get them ready for the game".

Loew, who has the support of the German federation and is under contract until the next World Cup, has not ruled out leaving his position following the debacle.

It's still too early to know whether the old guard incarnated by Ozil, Thomas Mueller, Sami Khedira and Jerome Boateng — who were all far from their best in Russian Federation — will decide to call it quits in the coming months.

Brazil, in 1962, were the last team to win the World Cup back-to-back.

"First of all I have to say that we qualified because we beat Germany and Korea", he told reporters in Yekaterinburg.

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