Defending Champions Germany crashed out of the group stages after losing 2-0 to South Korea in their last group fixture thanks to goals from Kim Young-Gwon and Son Heung-min in injury time.
The knockout of the 2014 winners, completes a hat-trick of exits by defending Champions at this stage of the competition(Italy in 2010, Spain in 2014). You have to rewind to 1938 to remember the last time Germany bowed out of the tournament in the first hurdle.
Die Mannschaft seemed to be on course to qualify from the group phase after recovering from the loss to Mexico with a late winner against fellow European rivals Sweden. However, that proved to be wrong as South Korea squashed their hopes with two late goals.
The game was reminiscent of their first group game when Mexico ran away 1-0 winners, this time around the Germans were lethargic in front of goal and also found it difficult to break down the Asians. They came close to scoring on a couple of occasions but were not clinical enough. Matt Hummels had the best chance to grab the winner late in the game only to find his header saved.
In the second minute of stoppage time, a South Korea corner dropped for Kim Young-Gwon, who turned home past Neuer. In the sixth minute of stoppage time, Son added another, tapping home into an empty net after Neuer had been caught upfield in a late attack.
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In the other game, Mexico suffered a 3-0 defeat to Sweden. That loss meant the North Americans would finish second in the group followed by South Korea in third after their famous victory over the Germans who finished rock bottom.