Germany Exits the World Cup

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(WFI) England’s legend Gary Lineker has one of the most famous quotes in the sport: “Football is a simple game; Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”

Not this time, sir.

In one of the biggest surprises in the recent history of the World Cup, Germany lost on Wednesday to South Korea 2-0 and ended up eliminated in the group stage of football’s greatest event.

It was only the second time in Germany's stellar World Cup history that the Mannschaft had failed to progress from the first round. The first time the Germans were sent home early was in 1938.

Today’s early exit is astonishing considering the four-time world champions had progressed past the group stage of the World Cup 16 times in a row.

The Germans though may find some consolation knowing that for the fourth time in the past five World Cups, the defending champion will not make it out of the group stage. In fact, Germany joins Italy and Spain as the third straight reigning champion to be knocked out in the group stage at the next World Cup. 

In Russia though the Germans were not only eliminated early: they leave Russia finishing last in their group, behind first-place Sweden, Mexico and South Korea.

On the pitch of the city of Kazan, Kim Young-Gwon sealed Germany’s fate with a 94th minute goal, even though it was initially disallowed as offside. Once again, VAR corrected the mistake.

Son Heung-min inflicted more pain, scoring a second Korean goal in the 96th minute.

Though the Asian team is also eliminated from Russia, this is South Korea’s first win in their World Cup history against Germany in three attempts.

Germany coach Joachim  will be questioned for a long time about some of the decisions he made during the Russian tournament. Against the South Koreans, Löw left midfield attacking stalwart Thomas Mueller on the bench for the first time since 2012 after the Bayern player's below par performances against Mexico and Sweden.

Löw will also have to explain once again why he left Leroy Sane off the World Cup squad despite the Manchester City winger being one of the best attackers in European football last season.

Löw will certainly be sprayed with questions despite having guided Germany to five major semifinals prior to Wednesday’s debacle for his country.

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the news of the day through her spokesperson: "not our World Cup - how sad. There will be other competitions that we will celebrate at," read her tweet.

Homepage photo: (@dfb)

By INSIDER Javier Monne

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