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Germany Crashes Out of the World Cup & Twitter Goes Nuts

Germany Crashes Out of the World Cup & Twitter Goes Nuts

Instead, the 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.

Joachim Low admits his Germany team deserved to be dumped out of the World Cup at the group stage.

Germany were heading out anyway at 0-0 in injury time, but things got even worse when Kim Young-Gwon's strike was eventually given following a VAR referral.

A win for Germany would have edged Mexico out on goal difference - but the drama came at the other end as Kim put the ball into the net, although it was initially ruled out for offside.

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min then piled on the embarrassment for the holders, scoring a late second after Manuel Neuer was caught way out of his goal.

'The disappointment of being eliminated is just huge, ' said Low, who has managed Germany since 2006.

Sweden won the group after thrashing Mexico 3-0 to also deny South Korea a spot in the knockout stages. All that talk of Gareth Southgate worrying about the best route to avoiding them in the quarter-final was rendered irrelevant here in Kazan.

A dismal show against Mexico was followed up by an improved performance, but Germany still showed signs of nervousness, with that calm they oozed four years ago yet to find its way to Russian Federation.

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Jang Hyun-soo, a much-maligned center back from the first two matches, took Ki's spot as a holding midfielder, alongside Jung Woo-young.

The result sparked joy in England, who have often been knocked out of big competitions by Germany in the past, most memorably at Italia 90 and in Euro 96.

The Sweden-Mexico match had been over, and Germany needed to beat South Korea to squeeze into second place.

Jang's shift meant an opening on the backline, and Yun Young-sun made his World Cup debut as a center back next to Kim Young-gwon.

Sweden are an effective passing side that could potentially frustrate the Germans.

Loew was appointed national team coach after the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when he was assistant to Juergen Klinsmann. Mexico, having beaten Germany and South Korea, will take on the victor of Group E in the next round.

Their reward for reaching the semis was a match against the always risky Germany, who had cruised through the tournament up until that point.