Germany out of World Cup 2018 after humiliating defeat by South Korea

Germany out of World Cup 2018 after humiliating defeat by South Korea

Champions Germany were sent crashing out of the WorldCup after suffering a stunning 2-0 defeat by a tenacious South Korea on Wednesday that saw them eliminated in the first round for the first time in 80 years.

Germany's Thomas Muller looks dejected after losing 2-0 to South Korea at the World Cup in Kazan, Russia.

Germany qualified for Russian Federation with a ideal record of 10 wins, but Hummels said the last time the team had played well was when they wrapped up qualification late previous year. His goal was originally ruled offsides, but was overturned after a second look from the Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR).

In the dying minutes of the match the Germans were stunned after Kim Young-gwon netted for South Korea.

Low's side briefly rallied for an equaliser, but their legs were gone and when substitute Ju Se-jong hit a long ball forward to Son, the Tottenham man was able to run in behind Neuer and rub salt in Germany's wounds with the easiest of finishes.

"Ki and Park are very important to us, not just strategically but also mentally, they help the other players", Shin added.

With Sweden's 3-0 victory over Mexico, Germany needed to record three points but late goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min condemned the defending champions to the early exit.

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Loew had changed his line-up to mix youth with experience, calling back Hummels, Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil while also fielding Niklas Suele and new Bayern signing Leon Goretzka.

Jang Hyun-soo, a much-maligned center back from the first two matches, took Ki's spot as a holding midfielder, alongside Jung Woo-young. When they do get into the final third they're final ball has been hopeless. Although it's likely that Germany will have more possession, we will do our best.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson spoke of his pride after his side topped the group with second-half goals from Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist and an own goal from Edson Alvarez.

Germany ended up last in a group it expected to win.

Germany had made it to the quarterfinals at the past nine World Cups, and reached at least to the semifinals at every tournament since 2002.

"We needed to throw things forward and it opened things up in defence".

Germany were stunned 1-0 in their opening World Cup 2018 game against Mexico and appeared to be heading out as they trailed Sweden in their next group game.

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