Korea stun Germany on way out of World Cup

Germany fans assemble for their final Group F qualifier against South Korea

South Korean players celebrate after defeating Germany in the group F preliminary round game at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday.

Germany were again disappointing, and after a number of warning shots, South Korea did take the lead as Kim Young-gwon turned the ball home from close range, with VAR reversing a decision to rule the goal out for offside.

Germany, the 2014 champions, Confederations Cup champions and FIFA's top-ranked team, were eliminated at the first hurdle for the first time since 1938.

However, if Germany and Sweden both win, that would result in a three-way tie on six points, which would be determined by the same measures described above.

Jo's biggest save came in the 47th minute, just as the match started opening up following a lackluster, scoreless first half.

Germany manager Joachim Low says his side deserved to go out of the World Cup after they crashed out in the group stage in "historic" fashion.

The World Cup has ended on a high, one shared by much of the football world, enjoying the fall from grace of a German team that is usually relentless in its pursuit of trophies.

News that Sweden was leading 2-0 against Mexico not only meant that Korea's hopes of progressing even with a win against Germany were dashed, but that Germany needed a victory to avoid crashing out, an incredible thought for a team that has reached the last eight in the last 16 World Cups.

The world's most expensive player, who battled back from a broken bone in his foot to be fit for Russian Federation, took plenty of flak despite scoring in the 2-0 victory over Costa Rica on Friday.

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.

"The situation is very hard to put into words", he told ZDF.

The South Koreans, who had no idea of the score in the other match, rejoiced as if having won the tournament, while 11 German players hoped the ground would swallow them. "I'm shocked, I'm shocked because we didn't manage to pull it off today".

Son Heung-min made it 2-0 in the sixth minute of injury time after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer came up the field to help his teammates outside the South Korea box.

In 2002, the Asians joint-hosted the tournament with Japan and finished in fourth place.

"We believed until the end even with the 0-1 (deficit) we tried to turn it but we could not score", said Hummels, after Germany became the tournament's third champions in succession to go out at the group stage.

"We believed in it until the very end, we tried to shoot, but we just couldn't get the ball in. Only the World Cup could make this happen".

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