Germany crash out after loss to South Korea

Germany crash out after loss to South Korea

Germany's forward Mario Gomez (L) and Germany's defender Mats Hummels react after failing to score during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between South Korea and Germany at the Kazan Arena in Kazan. AFP

Champions Germany were sent crashing out of the World Cup after suffering a stunning 2-0 defeat by a tenacious South Korea on Wednesday that saw them eliminated in the first round for the first time in 80 years.

Germany would have progressed with a win at the Kazan Arena but just could not break through the Korean defence.

Stoppage-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min finished off Joachim Loew’s sorry Germany side, who finished bottom of the group on three points.

They have won four World Cup titles and also finished runners-up four times and entered this year’s tournament heavily backed to retain their title.

Instead, they will head home after a stunning failure, having been unable to break down the South Koreans and after a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opening group match.

Sweden won the group after thrashing the Mexicans 3-0. Both Sweden and Mexico advanced to the last-16.

While South Korea’s goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo produced a number of fine saves, it was Kim Young-gwon who broke the deadlock in added time when he found himself alone in front of goal after a corner and he poked the ball home from close range.

Moments later Son sprinted to retrieve a long ball and score, with Germany keeper Neuer having left his charge to try to help his side get a goal.