FIFA 2018: Defending champs Germany eliminated at group stage

Rajat Kain

South Korean players celebrate after their win against Germany in group match of FIFA 2018 World Cup, Moscow, June 27, 2018. AP/PTI

South Korean players celebrate after their win against Germany in group match of FIFA 2018 World Cup, Moscow, June 27, 2018.
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Defending world champions Germany crashed out of the World Cup after a shock 2-0 loss to South Korea in their last group game. This is first time in eighty years and 17 World Cup tournaments that Germany has failed to enter the second round.

Reacting to the shock loss, Germany’s coach Joachim Loew said his team didn’t deserve to win given their sloppy performance in the group matches

Germany began the match as favourites to win and romp through the second round but 19 minutes into the game, they looked shaken by South Korea’s early assault on their post. Though Manuel Neuer managed to save it, the Korean charge did unnerve the defending champions.

The four-time World Champions from that moment looked like a shadow of their once dominant selves. Managing to create chances but unable to convert it charging ahead but losing the ball due to clueless lack of communication between their forwards.

Matts Hummels would especially like to forget the evening for none of his four close headers could breach pass the goal-line, either hitting the cross-bar or saved brilliantly by South Korean goalie Cho Hyun-woo.

It was Hyun-woo the Germans failed to defeat.

Kazan : Germany's Toni Kroos bows on the field as South Korea players gather together at the end of the group F match between South Korea and Germany, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.  AP/PTI

Kazan : Germany’s Toni Kroos bows on the field as South Korea players gather together at the end of the group F match between South Korea and Germany, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
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Just as looked the match may end in 0-0 draw effective enough still to eliminate Germany, South Korea inflicted damage on the football powerhouse that will be talked for years to come.

Kim Young-gwon scored in added time following a video review and Son Heung-min added another goal just before the final whistle crashing Germany outside the summit tournament after 80 years.

Germany coach Joachim Loew too said that his side deserved to be eliminated from the World Cup given their weak performance all through…

“In this tournament we didn’t deserve to win the title again, we didn’t deserve really to move into the round of 16. We were eliminated today, not because we didn’t want to win because our team especially in the second half has wanted to win, but we never had a chance really to take the lead at any point…,” he said.

Germany did created some moments to score and increased the pressure in second round blooding in strikers but given the unusual balance in the side, which at-times looked confused and lacklustre they couldn’t raise the level of a below-par performance.