Wednesday, June 27
South Korea 2-0 Germany
Sweden 3-0 Mexixo
Defending champions Germany have crashed out of the ongoing 2018 World Cup following a 2-0 loss to South Korea a group F game at Kazan.
Germany become the fourth holders to get eliminated at the group stage level, after France, Spain and Italy.
This, follows Sweden’s 3-0 victory over Croatia who finished on top of the log 6 points, joint top with Mexico.
Korea picked a late goal, with Kim Young-gwon’s goal awarded after a video assistant referee decision, before Son Heung-min scored from an empty net after keeper Manuel Neuer had gone in the opponent’s half to level.
This is the first time since 1938 that Germany (or West Germany) get eliminated from the group.
In the other tie, Sweden routed Mexico 3-0: Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist and Edson Alvarez (own goal) pushed the Scandinavians atop.
Germany Coach Joachim Low:
This is something for us to reckon with. This is historic. I am sure this will create some public uproar in Germany.
We saw Sweden had taken the lead so we needed to keep the pressure up but our team was missing the ease of play and the classiness we usually have. So, we deserve to be eliminated, yes.
At this tournament we didn’t deserve to win again or move to the round of 16. We were eliminated not because we didn’t want to win but we never had the chance to take a lead at any point – we were always lagging behind, trying to keep up.
This is only the second time that Germany have been eliminated from the First Round at the World Cup having last done so in 1938 – however, this is the first time it has happened when the First Round has been in a group stage format.
South Korea have been eliminated from the group stage at consecutive World Cup tournaments for the first time since they failed to progress from this stage in each of their first five appearances at the World Cup (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994 & 1998).
Germany’s tally of two goals scored at this World Cup is the second fewest managed by a defending champion in the competition, only ahead of France’s zero in 2002.
This was Germany’s first ever defeat against an Asian nation in a World Cup match in what was their sixth such match.
Germany have failed to score in two of their three World Cup games in 2018, as many as their previous 15 World Cup matches combined.
This was South Korea’s first clean sheet at the World Cup since a 2-0 win over Greece in 2010; they had gone eight without a shutout before this match.
South Korea have beaten Germany in a World Cup match for the first time, having lost each of the previous two meetings in the competition.
Son Heung-Min’s goal for South Korea (95:52) was the latest goal Germany have ever conceded in a World Cup match (excluding extra-time).
Since the 2010 edition, Germany have lost both of their World Cup matches in which Thomas Müller has not started (also lost 0-1 to Spain in the 2010 semi-final), compared to 80% when he has started (12 wins in 15 games).