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South Korea Stun Germany, Sending The Champions Packing

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KAZAN, RUSSIA - JUNE 27: Thomas Mueller of Germany looks dejected following his sides defeat as Yun Young-Sun and Lee Jae-Sung celebrate after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Korea Republic and Germany at Kazan Arena on June 27, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images, )

Defending champions Germany have been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup after losing to South Korea in Kazan.

Kim Young-gwon’s 92nd-minute goal, awarded after a video assistant referee decision, left four-time winners Germany on the brink of elimination.

Then six minutes into stoppage time, with Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in possession in the opponents’ half, Ju Se-jong gained control of the ball, launched it forward and Son Heung-min tapped into an empty net to score the second.

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It is the first time since 1938 that a Germany or West Germany side has not advanced beyond the first section of the tournament, as Joachim Low’s side – top of Fifa’s world rankings – finish bottom of Group F.

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Sweden finish top of the group, with Mexico second, and South Korea third.

Eighty years ago, Germany lost 4-2 in a replay against Switzerland to go out in the first round when it was a straight knockout tournament, but their 2018 exit was the first time Germany had ever failed to make it through the group stage.

Germany crashing out four years after being crowned world champions has continued a trend that goes back through Spain in 2014, Italy in 2010 and France in 2002.

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