Germany's shock World Cup exit another case of the winner's curse

Germany fans cheer on their team ahead of Sweden clash

In their 10th World Cup, South Korea had to fight with Sweden, Mexico and Germany in Group F. And as many would have expected, reaching the knockout stage ahead of football powerhouses wasn't an easy mission.

What you're watching is a group of Mexican supporters celebrating South Korea's win over Germany in the FIFA World Cup.

In that span, Germany won the World Cup title in 2014 and finished third in 2010 before this year's disaster.

Germany's shock exit means that the three previous winners of the competition have now crashed out at the group stage four years later.

"We said before the tournament that it is the world champions who lead and shape the team". Kim Young-gwon scored the first goal in the 92nd minute.

Hummels said the warning signs had been there after Germany lost their opening game 1-0 to Mexico.

With the group going down to the wire, Germany needed victory against the lightly regarded Koreans to give themselves a chance of progressing. We have to be disappointed in ourselves after such a tournament.

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Shin's tactical choice, however, failed miserably as South Korea posted no shots on target, which turned out to be their worst record since their World Cup debut in 1954.

Germany made a nervous start, playing slower than it usually does to avoid being vulnerable on the break.

"I bear the responsibility for the exit but I thought we put out a good team today", he added. "So, we deserve to be eliminated yes".

Germany qualified for Russian Federation with a flawless record of 10 wins, but Hummels said the team had not played well since they wrapped up qualification late previous year. "Now the chancellor and trainer are experiencing how fast things can go wrong", it wrote.

Germany fell 2-0 to South Korea despite needing just a win to go through after Sweden thrashed Mexico 3-0 in the other Group F game.

"A team only begins to gel later at the tournament, so it makes sense to bring some [players] in and let it [the gelling process] go easy on them", said Low.

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