FIFA World Cup: Defending champions Germany out in the group-stage

In the biggest shock of the tournament, South Korea defeated Germany to end their World Cup 2018 campaign. It is the first time since 1938 that the four-time champions have exited in the group stage

Photo courtesy: Twitter
Photo courtesy: Twitter

Vikrant Jha

In arguably the biggest shock of the tournament so far, cup holders and four-time champions Germany bow out of the World Cup after getting defeated at the hands of South Korea.

When Germany needed the much-important goal to make it to the next round of the tournament, it was Young-Gwon Kim of the Korea Republic who got his name written on the score sheet for Korea in the injury time. Three minutes later, Korea added another goal in the 96th minute as Manuel Neur left his goalpost unchecked to assist the German team’s attack.

In another Group F match, Sweden defeated Mexico 3-0 to enter the round of sixteen with their opponents.

For Germany, from Marco Reus to Timo Werner, Thomas Muller, Brandt and the hero of the last match Tony Kroos, everyone took shots on the target but none could convert their chances into a goal. A dedicated Korean defence line ensured that the Asian side did not concede a goal and when the Germans eventually got past the Korean defence, Cho Hyun-woo, the Korean goalie made terrific saves to deny Germans an opening. When Germany pressed for their victory goal, Korea scored twice to kick the World Champions out of the tournament.

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Published: 27 Jun 2018, 9:40 PM