Germany eliminated as Korea Republic stun champions

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Germany came into the match against South Korea knowing a win by two clear goals would guarantee them a place in the last 16 but repeatedly failed to create clearcut chances in Kazan.

Korea matched Germany's physicality as strong challenges punctuated the first 10 minutes and they nearly took the lead when Manuel Neuer spilled Jung Woo-young's swerving 25-yard free-kick, but the Bayern Munich goalkeeper managed to punch the ball out for a corner before anyone could pounce on the rebound. It was initially ruled out for offside but a video review revealed the ball had touched a German defender and the celebrations began.

In the final frantic minutes in front of 41,835 flabbergasted fans, Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min finished off Joachim Loew's Germany side with two stoppage-time goals to condemn them to finishing bottom of the group on three points.

KOREA REPUBLIC: Cho Hyun-woo, Lee Yong, Yun Young-sun, Kim Young-gwon, Hong Chul, Jung Woo-young, Jang Hyun-soo, Lee Jae-sung, Koo Ja-cheol (Hwang Hee-chan 56'; Go Yo-han 79'), Moon Seon-min (Ju Se-jong 69'), Son Heung-min.

They become the third consecutive world champion to lose out in the group stage after Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014.

Meanwhile, Sweden thumped Mexico 3-0, overpowering their opponents after a scoreless first half in a result that means both teams advance to the World Cup last 16 at the expense of Germany.

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The BBC and ITV are splitting World Cup TV coverage here in the United Kingdom, and the Germany vs South Korea clash has gone to the Beeb.

The Germans went home after losing to a South Korea side that had already lost to Sweden and Mexico.

There were also those that just wanted an empty-netter, and they got their wish. More than £430,000 was matched on the Germans at [1.17].

"Too slow in possession, too many touches. We are going to clean up, catch up and we have every chance of qualifying on Wednesday for the knockout stage", he added.

Germany ended up last in a group it expected to win. One has to wonder about all the pre-tournament work that was allegedly done on triangles and approach play.

After a disastrous start to their World Cup campaign, Germany looked to be virtually out of this World Cup when they were being held by Sweden in their second game of Group F, only for Toni Kroos to score a stunner right at the end. "We need a couple of hours to see things clearly".

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