World champions, Germany have crashed out of the Russia 2018 in the group stage for the first time in the history of the world cup after a humiliating 0-2 to South Korea on Wednesday at Kazan Arena, Russia.
After tethering on the verge of elimination against Sweden last Saturday, it was minnows South Korea that dealt the final blow on the 2014 champions who have played below expectations.
The defeat left the defending champions with only three points to finish last in Group F.
Sweden finally topped the group following a 3-0 win over Mexico in their last match.
Mexico finished second despite the defeat, thanks to the earlier wins over Germany and South Korea.
Despite having over over 70 per cent of the possession at the Kazan Arena, Germany failed to mow down a stubborn South Korean side.
They were unbelievably jittery and undecided about the way to go about the task before them – which was to score just a goal and go through.
Their best chance was only three minutes from time, when Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil found Mats Hummels with a fine cross but the defender failed to deliver a descent heading.
Five minutes later, South Korea stabbed the Germans when they scored only their second goal of the competition as Kim Young-gwon netted from close-range.
The goal was at first erroneously ruled out for offside but VAR showed the ball deflected off a German defender, which saw the decision overruled.
Germany have always qualified from the group stage since 1938 and they came to Russia with a wide chest to defend their title.
After winning the 2014 World Cup and Confederations Cup in 2017, Coach Joachim Löw had declared that anything short of reaching the semifinals in Russia would be a failure.
And the world had also expected the Germans to do well as usual.
Strangely they were bundled out of the tournament by South Korea that had already lost to Sweden and Mexico.