Defending World Cup champ Germany eliminated by upset loss to South Korea

Defending World Cup champ Germany eliminated by upset loss to South Korea

Defending World Cup champ Germany eliminated by upset loss to South Korea

Defending world champions Germany crashed out of the World Cup after a shock 2-0 loss to South Korea on Wednesday, courtesy of two stoppage-time goals.

South Korean defender Kim Young-gwon broke the deadlock three minutes into stoppage time - a goal that was initially wiped out on an offside call but counted later by the video assistant referees - and Son Heung-min added one a few minutes later. It was assumed that Germany would beat South Korea, and that Mexico would beat Sweden, but football is a amusing old game.

Up next for the Taeguk Warriors in their final Group F tie are defending champions Germany and nothing other than a win is what the East Asians need to have any hope of advancing to the Knockout Stage for just the third time.

This was South Korea's first win at the 2018 World Cup after losing 1-0 to Sweden and falling 2-1 to Mexico.

Mexico, also with six points, came in second, even with a negative-one goal differential.

Germany, champions of the 2014 World Cup, have been eliminated from the 2018 edition after a phenomenally brutal loss to South Korea.

"I think that all of us weren't up for it and did not have the absolute will to show that we wanted to tear something down here at the World Cup", Neuer said. South Korea had pulled off a miracle.

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It has won four World Cup titles and also finished runners-up four times and entered this year's tournament heavily backed to retain the title.

"As we saw in the match against Mexico, their players were really determined and with that mindset we can play a game we won't regret and the results will follow".

Germany won last year's Confederations Cup in Russian Federation even though Loew opted to leave his World Cup-winning stars at home, boosting his reputation further.

The Group F side left fans around the world in awe after failing to score a goal against South Korea in their third clash in Russian Federation.

Timo Werner, Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil and second-half substitute Mario Gomez were among the Germany stars who failed to take goal scoring chances as the South Koreans defended with determination.

South Korea's goalkeeper Cho Hyeon-woo made a fine one-handed save from Leon Goretzka's header and Timo Werner volleyed wide from near the penalty shot.

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