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What Happened?

Updated: Mar 10, 2019

How the Germans were eliminated by South Korea.

For the first time since 1938, Germany failed to advance from the group stage. They become the third straight defending World Cup Champion to be bounced in the group stage.

"It's a dark day for German football."

--German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer

Germany vs. Mexico

The first time Germany lost to Mexico since 1986. Hirving Lozano gave Mexico the 1-0 lead in the 35th minute on a beautiful counter attack, and despite the possession being 61-39 percent in favor of Germany, El Tri hung on to win. Germany also took 25 shots (compared to 12 from Mexico) including nine on target.

Germany vs. Sweden

After Sweden nearly took a 2-0 lead just before half time, Germany, in dire need of a win, looked hopeless. They managed to score one early in the second half, but Sweden's defensive line seemed tireless. In the 88th minute, German defender Jerome Boating picked up his second yellow card of the match, making Germany's chances even worse.Germany struck the post late, but they're final chance came in the 95th minute. On a free kick from the side of Sweden's box, Toni Kroos touched it to Marco Reus, who slipped it back to Kroos, who promptly bent it into the far post past the outstretched hands of Swedish keeper Robin Olsen. The German dream is still alive.

Germany vs. South Korea

As the game evolved, and meanwhile, Sweden started to take it to Mexico. Fans started to realize that El Tri's only chance to advance to the knockout stage would be if Germany could not manage to beat the lowly South Korea. As chances bounced off Jo Hyeon-Woo's hands on one end, and Manuel Neuer's on the other, that chance started to become more likely. And then in the 93rd minute, Kim Young-Gwon found the back of the net, the goal had to be reviewed for offside, but the result was the same: 1-0. And then, three minutes later, with Manuel Neuer out of his net, Son Heung Min broke the Germans hearts. It was over.

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