Germany knocked out of World Cup after South Korea loss

Germany knocked out of World Cup after South Korea loss

South Korea's Kim Young-gwon scored in added time following a video review and Son Heung-min added another goal just before the final whistle.

It is the fourth time in the last five World Cups that the defending champions have been eliminated in the group stage.

Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 in the other Group F game, allowing both those sides to advance to the second round.

Pushing for goal in the late minutes, Die Mannschaft conceded two injury time goals to be knocked out in the group stages.

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Having surprisingly 1-0 lost to Mexico in their opening match in Russian Federation and then required a 95th-minute strike from Toni Kroos to overcome Sweden 2-1, the Bayern Munich centre-back acknowledged they have not been at their best for a long time.

It is the first time since 1938 that a Germany or West Germany side has not advanced beyond the first section of the tournament, as Joachim Low's side - top of Fifa's world rankings - finish bottom of Group F.

The curse of the World Cup winners continues. "I told (my players) we would have opportunities, that they would need the victory more than us". The 2-0 correct score was matched at a huge [240.0] on the Exchange, with South Korea trading at a high of [25.0] in the match odds market. France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014 all suffered the same fate as the Germans who went into the tournament with the nucleus of the side that triumphed in Brazil four years ago.

And the Arsenal midfielder clashed with a fan as he left the pitch after Germany were beaten by South Korea.

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"We're not going to the last 16, but we did manage to beat the champions, and the World No. 1 team", Shin said.

And finally, the obvious conclusion that this is the best World Cup ever and that... it's coming home.

Ironically, Toni Kroos' sensational late strike against Sweden is the reason why Korea Republic still have a chance to advance but that may also be the reason why Germany finally produced their real form.

Germany's team of superstars could only look on in shock in the final minutes of the match as USA referee Mark Geiger called for the video assistant referee to intervene after the unmarked Kim had bundled his shot past Germany 'keeper Manuel Neuer from a corner early in stoppage time. All the Germans needed to do was to score one goal against the South Koreans.

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