Defending champion Germany knocked out of 2018 World Cup
01 July, 2018, 07:30 | Author: Hannah Francis
But the Germans failed to fire on Russian soil, suffering a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opener, scraping past Sweden with a stoppage-time victor, and then losing 2-0 to South Korea at the Kazan Arena on Wednesday. South Korea tacked on an empty netter moments later to seal Germany's fate.
As a result of Germany's defeat, Mexico went through second in Group F despite suffering a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Sweden, who claimed top spot.
This was South Korea's first win at the 2018 World Cup after losing 1-0 to Sweden and falling 2-1 to Mexico.
Germany coach Joachim Loew caused a surprise by leaving midfield attacking stalwart Thomas Mueller on the bench for the first time since 2012 after his underwhelming displays against Mexico and Sweden.
It is the first time Germany have failed to make it out of the group stage since 1938, and the third consecutive time the holders of the World Cup have been knocked out of the group stages.
"For us it's a huge disappointment". It was a stunning result, both for the team that had come to Russian Federation as the world's No. 1 and for South Korea, which wasn't listed in the top 50 when this tournament began.
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Elsewhere, Mexico fans carried South Korean fans aloft through Mexico City's main square in a victory march after the result. South Korea needed to beat Germany and then have Mexico defeat Sweden to have a chance of advancing from the group stage.
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