Brazil 2014 world cup champion, Germany has crashed out of the tournament losing 2-0 to South Korea in Kazan on two stoppage time goals after their last group match on Wednesday.
For the first 70 minutes, Germany’s defense dealt capably with South Korea’s few attacks. But with most of the German midfield substituted off the field, South Korea found it increasingly easy to counter attack. After wasting a number of chances, South Korea earned a stoppage time corner kick.
Germany was let down by its profligacy in front of goal, as the nation with world-class players like Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller scored just two goals. Germany took twice as many shots as South Korea, just as it did in a loss to Mexico in its opener.
It is the first time since 1938 that Germany has failed to advance from the first round of the World Cup. Its loss ensured Sweden and Mexico would represent Group F in the round of 16.
But even with a dozen players considered among the best in the world at their positions, Germany was unable to advance from a group that didn’t look particularly difficult two weeks ago. The search for an answer to the question of why will take longer.
Sweden and Mexico have consequently qualified for the round of sixteen.
While Sweden beat Mexico 3-0, Korea Republic thrashed the world champions 2-0
Brazil will play Mexico if they win Group E later. That would be a great match.