Defending champion Germany eliminated from World Cup

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South Korea's Son Heung-Min added another goal a few minutes later in one of the most shocking results in soccer history, officially eliminating defending champion Germany.

After beating Germany, 1-0, and South Korea, 2-1, Mexico appeared to be cruising in Russian Federation, but it still faced the possibility of exiting if it lost to Sweden and Germany beat South Korea. It didn't matter. The team was through to the Round of 16. "Even when it was 0-1, I think we kept trying to turn it all around". Meanwhile, in their last Group-F match on Wednesday at the Yekaterinburg Arena in Russia, Sweden defeated Mexico by three goals to nil. Sweden and Germany both had three points, and South Korea had zero.

It is the first time since 1938 that West Germany team has not advanced beyond the first stage of the tournament.


Even in Yekaterinburg, almost 500 miles away, the Mexican fans expected Germany to score.

Having apparently rescued their tournament with a last-gasp victor against Sweden in their second match, Low was convinced they would go on to beat the winless South Koreans and qualify.

The Germans kept peppering the South Korea box with harmless crosses and it was their opponents that came close to scoring from a set piece in the 19th minute after Neuer failed to control a 25-meter free kick from Jung Woo-young.


Granqvist duly hammered it home and an own goal made it 3-0 before news filtered through of Germany's collapse, but despite the previous run-in with German officials, Andersson said their elimination did not give him any joy. France, Italy, Spain and now Germany - all have suffered from the similar faith and the one factor that was common with all these teams was complacency.

At one point on Tuesday it looked as if a penalty from Chelsea wing-back Moses was going to be enough to see the Super Eagles through to the last 16 - before Argentina's late victor ended their World Cup dream in St Petersburg. After a barren first half, Augustinsson of Sweden put his team ahead by a left-footer in the 50th minute of the play.

Sweden won the group and will play Switzerland on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. However, the Korean contingent had other ideas and fired in 2 goals in stoppage time.


Kim Young-gwon scored the first goal in the third minute of injury time.

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