Germany, the 2014 champions, Confederations Cup champions and FIFA's top-ranked team, were eliminated at the first hurdle for the first time since 1938.
In stoppage time, South Korea got goals from Kim Young-Gwon and Son Heung-Min to beat Germany, 2-0. South Korea had entered the day with slim hopes of advancing, but they depended on beating Germany and Sweden losing to Mexico. "We believed until the end today, even when it was 0-1, I think we kept trying to turn it all around". Meanwhile, in their last Group-F match on Wednesday at the Yekaterinburg Arena in Russia, Sweden defeated Mexico by three goals to nil.
"We deserved to be eliminated", Germany coach Joachim Loew said. "I'm incredibly disappointed by this elimination". We really had the impression the team wanted to go forward. It happened to other nations before. Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from close range five minutes into the second half, and captain Andreas Granqvist converted on penalty kick to help Sweden win Group F.
That was the problem, for Germany. Four years on in Mexico, Brazil would again win the World Cup with arguably the greatest worldwide team ever.
Germany made a nervous start, playing slower than it usually does to avoid being vulnerable on the break.
Soon after, Son connected with a cross from Lee Yong, but his powerful strike from inside the box went wide.
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Dylan Bronn and captain Wahbi Khazri scored their consolation goals at the Spartak Stadium. England beat Tunisia 2-1, and thrashed Panama 6-1. "Obviously they have a good team".
"It wasn't only Ozil, a number of other players didn't perform as they normally would".
The journey back to Gelendzhik promises to be a lot more pleasant than their last one following the Germany defeat.
Loew brought on substitutes Mario Gomez and Thomas Mueller on either side of the 60-minute mark but his players kept giving the ball away, with most of their attacking combinations lacking precision and speed.
Mexico was nearing the completion of a 3-0 loss to Sweden.
The Italians, who had beaten France on penalties to win their fourth World Cup, appeared to have little to fear when they were drawn in a group with Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia. Their title defence began with a catastrophic 5-1 loss to Holland - the team they had beaten in the 2010 final - and they were out two games in when Chile defeated Vicente Del Bosque's men 2-0. It did its part by beating Germany, but Sweden's 3-0 victory over Mexico allowed the Swedes to win the group ahead of the second-place Mexicans.