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Holders Germany knocked out of World Cup 2018

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It is the fourth time in the last five World Cups that the defending champions have been eliminated in the group stage. Sweden won the group with six points, beating Mexico, which also had six points, on goal difference.

The reaction from the English press has been a bit much, but given that Germany were favourites to lift the trophy after seemingly getting even better in the time that passed between this World Cup and the last, it is an enormous shock to see them go.

Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16. They have far more quality than South Korea in their squad and should secure a comfortable victory in this one.

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It was the first time Germany have been knocked out in the first round since 1938, though the team was not allowed to enter the 1950 tournament.

South Korea managed to seal the win in the sixth minute of time added on, with Son Heung-min slotting into an empty net after Neuer was caught out at the other end of the field.

The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but the decision was overturned following a video review.

"We believed until the end even with the 0-1 (deficit) we tried to turn it but we could not score", said Hummels, after Germany became the tournament's third champions in succession to go out at the group stage.

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In the other Group F match, in Ekaterinburg, Sweden clinched a 3-0 victory over Mexico, meaning a win against South Korea would have been enough for Germany to progress.

22-year-old winger Julian Brandt, who was controversially included in the Germany squad ahead of Manchester City's Leroy Sane, may have earned himself a starting place ahead of Julian Draxler after impressing from the bench against Sweden.

Having gone off at [1.16] to beat South Korea in a must-win fixture, Germany were laboured again despite dominating possession but will rue a series of missed opportunities including an 87th minute free header from Mats Hummels.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson spoke of his pride after his side topped the group with second-half goals from Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist and an own goal from Edson Alvarez.

Swiss substitute Josip Drmic scored what looked to be the match-winning goal with a confident finish with two minutes of regular time remaining, before Costa Rica were awarded a late penalty in stoppage time.

"Germany are the defending champions and number one in the Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking, so I thought about what mistakes Germany might make, because they probably felt they would be able to beat us - that's what everybody thought".

"This is something for us to reckon with", Low said after the final whistle.

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