UPDATED: Champions Germany knocked out of World Cup

The defending World Champions, Germany, are out of the World Cup after losing 0-2 to South Korea in their last group game.

The defeat means Germany are bottom of the group. They lost their first game 0-1 to Mexico and only managed to defeat Sweden 2-1.

This is the first time since 1938 that Germany will be exiting the World Cup in the group stage and they were just a shadow of their usual self in Wednesday’s Group F clash in Kazan.

They become the third consecutive world champion to lose out in the group stage after Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014.

Germany who beat Argentina to win the World Cup in 2014, opened their campaign in Russia with a 1-0 defeat to Mexico.

They scored an injury-time winner against Sweden to keep their hopes alive, but a shock defeat to South Korea sealed their fate.

Germany had over 70 per cent of the possession at the Kazan Arena but were unable to break a resilient South Korean side.

The two goals scored by South Korea came in stoppage time through Young-Gwon Kim and Heung-Min Son 2 – 0

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.

Unfortunately, South Korea’s heroics in added-on time was also not enough to secure qualification for the last 16, however they will be proud of the way they bowed out in style.

Sweden snatched the top spot in Group F with Mexico finishing as runners-up.


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