Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Germany Fails To Advance Out Of Group Stage For First Time

Germany Fails To Advance Out Of Group Stage For First Time

Holders Germany crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage on Wednesday in one of the biggest shocks in the tournament's history - failing to make it past the opening round for the first time since 1938.

Toni Kroos, the hero in the 2-1 win over Sweden, tried desperately to spark his side in the second half but was denied by South Korea's Cho Hyun-woo in the 88th minute, one of a number of fine saves by the keeper.

That left Germany with 40 minutes to find the one goal they needed to qualify at Mexico's expense and Kroos, their lifesaver against Sweden, just fired wide nearly at the same time the Swedes went 2-0 up through Andreas Granqvist's penalty. That goal was huge for Mexico, as they would advance to the knockout stage despite losing to Sweden.

And the Arsenal midfielder clashed with a fan as he left the pitch after Germany were beaten by South Korea.

Despite the widespread celebration among fans, Son ended the game in tears, as he did during South Korea's defeat at the hands of Mexico.

The reigning champions were beaten 2-0 by South Korea in a tense, drama-fuelled Group F fixture and exit the competition with just three points to their name. Germany played keep-away in the early moments but failed to put much pressure on the defense.

Swiss substitute Josip Drmic scored what looked to be the match-winning goal with a confident finish with two minutes of regular time remaining, before Costa Rica were awarded a late penalty in stoppage time. Kim Seung-gyu had played at the 2014 World Cup and had 32 caps, followed by Kim Jin-hyeon, who starred in South Korea's run to the 2015 Asian Cup final, with 14.

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However, don't think that South Korean fans weren't celebrating the Pyrrhic victory over Germany.

While Germany's defeat was heightened by the fact that they were the champions of the last World Cup, it was also significant because it enabled Mexico's team to still advance after being defeated by Sweden on Wednesday.

Germany was becoming desperate but Cho was enormous in the goal yet all expected the world champ to do what it always does: get a goal when needed.

South Korea will be forced to cope with the absence of captain Ki Sung-yueng, who has been ruled out with a calf injury.

But head coach Shin Tae-yong made a surprise starter out of Jo in the first Group F match in Russian Federation against Sweden on June 18. In the 68th minute, Mario Gomez tried to head one home, but Jo was there to stop it standing tall in the middle of the net.

Though Germany had 26 shots attempts to South Korea's 11, they looked disjointed at times, not showing the kind of quality in the final third that has made them the No. 1-ranked team.

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