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Shambolic Germany sent packing after loss to South Korea

Both teams could potentially qualify Both teams could potentially qualify Credit Getty Images
Eugene Bates | 01 July, 2018, 07:33

GERMANY has been sensationally booted out of the World Cup before the knockout stage for the first time since 1938.

The results on the afternoon in question saw Mexico lose to Sweden 0-3 and South Korea surprising Germany 2-0.

Son doubled his side's advantage a few minutes later when Ju Se-Jong robbed Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of possession near the halfway line before launching the ball forward for his team mate to score into an empty net.

Mexico and Sweden managed to advance to the Round of 16, after collecting 6 points each.

Germany, champions of the 2014 World Cup, have been eliminated from the 2018 edition after a phenomenally brutal loss to South Korea. "But the ball is round so I think there will be opportunities for us as well".

The Mexican team's official beer sponsor also showed its gratitude to the South Koreans, sending their embassy in Washington several dozen crates of alcohol, along with the message: "Showing thanks to our South Korean friends as the official beer of the Mexican national football team".

The World Cup is held every four years.

Kim Young-Gwon gave the Koreans the lead in stoppage time with a close-range strike that was referred to the video assistant referee (VAR) before being confirmed.

"Today we played really, really badly so therefore we didn't deserve to make it to the next round".

A win for Germany would have edged Mexico out on goal difference - but the drama came at the other end as Kim put the ball into the net, although it was initially ruled out for offside.

He said: "Until quite recently, we have probably been the most consistent, in terms of performance, team in the past 10, 12 years".

Ozil has been heavily criticised throughout the tournament and was dropped for the 2-1 win over Sweden last week.

Mexico has reached the round of 16 for the seventh straight World Cup, but this one will long be remembered.

Germany's best chance of the half fell to, of all people, Mats Hummels, who misplayed his header horribly when wide open six yards out from goal.

South Korea will be one of the favourites to win the tournament, which begins in early January and runs until early February - which is a blow for Tottenham Hotspur.

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