Defending champion Germany eliminated from World Cup

Ruben Holloway
June 30, 2018

For the uninitiated, this "curse" is when a defending champion team fails to win the World Cup in succession.

Son Heung-min made it 2-0 in the sixth minute of stoppage time after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer came up the field to help his teammates outside the South Korea box.

Mexico vs Sweden and South Korea vs Germany will start at 7.30 pm IST while Serbia vs Brazil and Switzerland vs Costa Rica will start at 11.30 pm IST on Wednesday. I think that it would have been easier for us, too.

Mexico will aim to cement their place at the top of Group F while Sweden will battle for survival in what could be a tricky World Cup clash at the Ekaterinburg Arena on Wednesday.

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"The disappointment of being eliminated is just huge", Low added.

"We deserved to be eliminated", Germany coach Joachim Loew said. But we have young players who are talented and have the potential to go forward. "We need to draw the right conclusions".

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert took the stiff-upper-lip approach, tweeting after the loss "Not our World Cup - that is sad!"

All four teams in the group had a chance to advance in games that were being played simultaneously, but Sweden's 3-0 lead over Mexico put Germany in prime position to move on as well - if the Germans could score against the South Koreans. But the strategy did not bring much success in the first half.

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The Tottenham man had his moment of history with a breakaway second goal against Germany for South Korea, who return home with their heads held high.

Soon after, Son connected with a cross from Lee Yong, but his powerful strike from inside the box went wide.

"Yesterday we said there was only a 1% chance and so I told my players it really was a last-ditch effort for them and I told them that they had to fight until the end".

The journey back to Gelendzhik promises to be a lot more pleasant than their last one following the Germany defeat. A team featuring Pele, Garrincha and Jairzinho beat Bulgaria but 3-1 losses to Hungary and Portugal resulted in a first-round exit. Spain won in 2010 but were dumped out in the group stages in 2014. They should have won their first two games, and the third game could have been a little bit easier for them. Sweden and Mexico confirmed their second round berth collecting six points each from their respective three matches.

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