Germany suffers shameful exit after South Korea defeat

Dean Simpson
July 1, 2018

It is the first time since 1938 that Germany have failed to progress beyond the first stage of the tournament and national newspaper Bild led the fierce criticism, topping its on the whistle report with the line: "This is the biggest disgrace in German World Cup history!"

However, no one was happier than Mexico, which clinched a berth to the knockout stage with South Korea's win in spite of a monumental 3-0 shut out against Sweden.

To advance to the round of 16, South Korea needed to beat Germany by at least two goals and have Mexico beat Sweden in the other Group F match.

Joachim Low's side head home after a stunning failure, having been unable to break down the South Koreans and after a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opening group match.

South Korea scored both of their goals during stoppage time, the first of which was initially disallowed for offside but that decision was overturned after a video review.

Mats Hummels witnessed Germany get eliminated from Russian Federation 2018 and then declared the last time the World Cup holders delivered a "convincing performance" was previous year.

"As time has gone by there's been improved teamwork, but we face the defending champions and even if we improve the teamwork, I don't think it'll be that easy".

"We beat the world champions from the last World Cup and now I'm looking forward to the next World Cup".

France, holders of 1998 World Cup, got eliminated in 2002 in the group stages.

Ozil has been heavily criticised throughout the tournament and was dropped for the 2-1 win over Sweden last week.

Injury-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Spurs striker Son Heung-min were enough to send the Germans packing. "We advanced to second phase, and thanks to Korea!" said Mexico City resident Edmundo Robert, who was at the game with his son and father-in-law.

Germany lost on Wednesday despite dominating in possession - 69 percent to 31 percent - and leading South Korea in shots on goal.

South Korea controversially claimed their first goal in stoppage time after yet another VAR blow-up saw a potential off-side call land in favour of the underdogs.

Germany's best chance before going behind had fallen to Mats Hummels late on, but the defender wasted it, paving the way for South Korea's late show.

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