World Cup: Germany Fails To Advance Out Of Group Stage For First Time
Germany, the defending World Cup champions, suffered a 2-0 loss to South Korea today meaning for the first time in team history they've failed to advance past the Group Stage in the World Cup.
Germany are the fourth the last five reigning champions to go out in the group stage, and their performance in the 2018 World Cup was among the least inspiring all the perennial powerhouses. After getting smoked 3-0 by Mexico in the opening match, the Germans bounced back with a 2-1 victory against Sweden before falling 2-0 to South Korea today.
South Korea scored both their goals during stoppage time, the first which was initially disallowed for fside but that decision was overturned after a video review. That goal was huge for Mexico, as they would advance to the knockout stage despite losing to Sweden. South Korea tacked on an empty netter moments later to seal Germany's fate.
As a result today's stunning loss, and Sweden's 3-0 victory over Mexico, the Swedes finished #1 in Group F and will take on the runner-up Group E in the round 16. Mexico, having beaten Germany and South Korea, will take on the winner Group E in the next round.