Germany 0-2 South Korea

REUTERS  Damir Sagolj

REUTERS Damir Sagolj

Having struggled to break down a stubborn South Korean outfit for much of the 90 minutes, Germany already knew they were in trouble with Sweden leading Mexico 3-0 - which would have seen the latter two qualify for the Round of 16.

Goals in second-half stoppage time from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min earned Shin's side three points as they dragged the world champions out of the competition along with them - Germany's first elimination in the opening round for 80 years. Mexico, having beaten Germany and South Korea, will take on the victor of Group E in the next round.

Every World Cup has its defining image.

Germany´s midfielder Toni Kroos (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Germany and Sweden at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 23, 2018.

Germany finished at the bottom of its group for the first time in World Cup history.

Germany lost their opener 1-0 to Mexico, but then beat Sweden 2-1, thanks to Toni Kroos' 95th-minute victor to give themselves hope going into the final game. Four years later, the picture that will come to sum up Germany's campaign in Russian Federation - if you can even call it that - doesn't depict a football scene.

The photo, taken before Germany's second Group F game against Sweden, was supposed to project calmness. And South Korean goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, the team's best player in the tournament, once again rose to the occasion to keep his side in the game.

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Despite being flagged offside initially, the goal was eventually given after VAR got involved, with the final touch before the goal actually coming off a German player.

'I think first of all we need to congratulate our two opponents who have made it out of the group.

Germany now needed two goals and the ball was delivered continuously into the penalty area but with goalkeeper Neuer left stranded after going up for a corner, a long ball was played through to Son who reached the ball inside the six-yard box before tapping into an empty net. "Our World Cup nightmare has come true" German paper the Berliner describes their shock exit as an "embarrassment" and has questioned Joachim Low's future as manager Siegel's home page reads "It is a historic disgrace!"

"We have to be masters of our own destiny", said Germany head coach Loew.

In the event that both victories were by one goal, South Korea, Sweden and Germany would all be level on goal difference, at which point it would come down to goals scored, head-to-head results and if that doesn't do it, fair play points.

Thus, we can expect Joachim Low to make several changes from the team that won against Sweden.

"We've done a fantastic job today with this match", he said in Yekaterinburg, ahead of a last-16 clash against either Brazil, Switzerland or Serbia.

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