Holders Germany knocked out of World Cup 2018

Holders Germany knocked out of World Cup 2018

Defending champions Germany have been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup after losing to South Korea in Kazan.

"We had a lot of chances, even me I should have scored in the 87th (minute)", said a rueful Hummels. We are sorry for not playing like world champions, and as painful as it is, we deserve to be out.

Germany succumbed to an embarrassing 2-0 defeat to South Korea to finish bottom of Group F and exit Russian Federation 2018 in emphatic fashion.

Some Mexico fans went beyond cheering while watching the action unfold television, either by waving South Korean flags or finding South Korea supporters and thanking them in person with chants and in some cases carrying them like conquering heroes.

The Germans are the fourth of the last five World Cup winners to be going home after the first round.

Questions will inevitably now be asked about Joachim Low's future with his side finishing bottom of Group F and having led a game for just one solitary minute over the course of the tournament.

Neuer was high up the field as Germany pressed for a goal, but was rounded by Ju before his long field pass was caught by the pacey run on Son, who slotted home into an empty net to seal the win and send Germany out.

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Goretza nearly put Germany in front two minutes after the restart but was thwarted by a superb stop from Jo Hyeon-Woo - and then news filtered through of Ludwig Augustinsson's opener for Sweden.

A late corner into the German box bobbled around until it found the foot of South Korea's Kim Young-gwon, who tapped it over the leg of oncoming German captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

He was expected to be the third choice among the ranks after failing to find a place for himself in the starting eleven during South Korea's qualifying matches.

The four-time champions allowed a pair of injury-time goals while knowing a 1-0 victory would have been enough to advance because of the result in the other group match.

South Korean social media were flooded by tens of thousands of messages from fans expressing joy and astonishment over a victory that had seemed utterly implausible before the match.

Germany's hopes of winning a second consecutive World Cup were dashed Wednesday in a shocking stoppage-time loss to South Korea. The video assistant referee (VAR) showed that the ball first came off a Germany player and it was ruled that the goal was not offside.

"So I thought we could use that as a reverse strategy and I think that has really hit the nail on the head", said the coach.

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