Shock Germany win 'shook South Korea upside down'

Both teams could potentially qualify

Both teams could potentially qualify

Defending champion Germany was sent crashing out of the World Cup after suffering a stunning 2-0 defeat by a tenacious South Korea that saw it eliminated in the first round for the first time in 80 years.

Germany's failure to progress beyond the group stage mirrored that of three of the previous four world champions: Spain in 2014, Italy in 2010, and France in 2002. South Korea countered by playing Son into a breakaway with an empty net, and the Tottenham star finished the game-and Germany's stay in Russia-with another goal.

South Korea kept Germany from advancing to the group of 16 with a pair of wonderful goals in stoppage time.

Germany appeared to have got their World Cup defence back on track with a stoppage time victor of their own against Sweden on Saturday, which followed an opening match defeat to Mexico, but Joachim Low's side were out of sorts once more against Korea.

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.

Since group stages were introduced in the World Cup in 1950 - though they missed out on participation in that edition - Germany have failed to advance to the next stage of the tournament for the first time.

"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". You'd imagine many Germans will be needing a holiday after the horror of seeing their team humbled by already eliminated South Korea.

Germany's best chance of the half fell to, of all people, Mats Hummels, who misplayed his header horribly when wide open six yards out from goal.

The goal was ruled out offside on field but confirmed by use of the Video Assistant Referee.

"We didn't deserve to win the title again, we didn't deserve to get into the last 16".

Joachim Loew is contemplating his future after Germany were knocked out of the World Cup. As it turned out, South Korea's win kept Mexico in the competition.

South Korea, for its part, needed a miracle to qualify for the next round; in the end, although neither side qualified, it was a match that will be remembered for years to come in the Asian nation.

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