Defending Fifa World Cup champions Germany have been eliminated at the group stage for the first time.
Germans have become the fourth defending champions in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage following a 2-0 loss to South Korea on Wednesday.
The four-time champions allowed a pair of injury-time goals while knowing a 1-0 victory would have been enough to advance because of the result in the other group match.
Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16. South Korea was also eliminated despite the victory.
It was the first time Germany have been knocked out in the first round since 1938.”I couldn’t imagine that we would lose,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said.
Even in Yekaterinburg, nearly 750km away, the Mexican fans expected Germany to score. They were still in position to advance despite trailing Sweden, but they were waiting – some with tears in their eyes – for Germany to do the inevitable and ruin their chances of moving on. That’s when South Korea stepped up.
Kim Young-gwon scored the first goal in the third minute of injury time, a goal that sent the Koreans cheering in Kazan and the Mexicans delirious in Yekaterinburg. Originally called out for offside, the goal was given after video review.
Son Heung-min made it 2-0 in the sixth minute of stoppage time after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer came up the field to help his teammates outside the South Korea box. Son tapped the ball into an empty net after a long pass from Ju Se-jong.