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South Korea knock holders Germany out of the World Cup Group Stage

The first big shock of the tournament has come in, holders Germany have crashed out of the World Cup group stage for the first time since 1938 after they lost to South Korea and Sweden beat Mexico.

The Germans were already looking likely to exit the competition but Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min’s injury time goals confirmed it.

Germany had over 70% of the possession at the Kazan Arena but were unable to break a resilient South Korean side.

South Korea scored only their second goal of the tournament as Young-gwon scored from close-range. It was initially ruled out for offside but VAR showed the ball deflected off a German defender, meaning the decision was overturned.

Not long after, goalkeeper Neuer was in the South Korean half, Heung-min got on the end of a clearance and passed the ball into an empty net to secure a famous win for his side.

As the full-time whistle was blown, some of the German players were on the pitch sobbing, while South Korea enjoyed a victory which put them third in the group, above Germany!


Take a look at who the social media reaction to the shock result on the next page.

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