Germany crash out as Korea Republic end on high

Posted June 29, 2018

Germany qualified for Russian Federation with a ideal record of ten wins and as Mats Hummels admitted after defeat to South Korea, the last time the team played well together was late 2017.

In one of the great World Cup upsets, Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min both scored in injury time to condemn footballing superpower Germany to their first opening-round exit in 80 years.

Germany are out of the FIFA World Cup 2018, the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage.

"That's hard to say. I think we kept trying to turn it all around". We are sorry for not playing like world champions, and as painful as it is, we deserve to be out.

As a result of Germany's defeat, Mexico went through second in Group F despite suffering a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Sweden, who claimed top spot. In goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo, who Kim rated as "tremendous", South Korea may have also found a world-class player who is capable of keeping them in any game.

The decision to omit Manchester City's Leroy Sane, the Premier League's Best Young Player last season, from the World Cup squad spoke volumes when fresh impetus was badly needed in Russian Federation.

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.

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil reacts during the shock defeat by South Korea which saw the World Cup holders eliminated.

Timo Werner went close shortly after that following excellent interplay between Mesut Ozil and Marco Reus, as Germany started to push forward with greater goal.

The World Cup will have a new champion this year.

The Mexican team's official beer sponsor also showed its gratitude to the South Koreans, sending their embassy in Washington several dozen crates of alcohol, along with the message: "Showing thanks to our South Korean friends as the official beer of the Mexican national football team".

That's when South Korea stepped up.

The goal, a seemingly meaningless one from South Korea's side, elicited a big reaction.

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

Sweden took the lead in the 50th minute, with fullback Ludwig Augustinsson marauding in at the far post and confidently drilling home for his first global strike.

"We believed in it until the very end, we tried to shoot, but we just couldn't get the ball in".