2018 World Cup: Germans failed to qualify for knockout stage first time since 1938

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Germany, the World Cup defending champion has crashed out of the tournament after a disappointing defeat on Wednesday afternoon. In World Cup history, this will be the first time the Germans have failed to progress to the knockout round since 1938. They went into the competition as one of the teams likely to win it but it all ended in a disappointing manner for them.

The match started with the defending champion in total control and it seemed they had all that was needed to progress to the knockout stage of the competition. The Germans were so wasteful in the first half failing to convert their chances to goals.

South Korea’s shot-stopper Cho Hyeon-woo made series of fine saves, the most notable one is a one-handed save from Leon Goretzka’s header.

It means the German’s hopes of becoming the first team to retain the World Cup since Brazil’s victories in 1958 and 1962 is lost.

South Korea was able to punish the German side for their wastefulness in the dying minutes of the games and get their first win of the tournament as they scored two late goals with Son Heung-min scoring an empty net goal as Manuel Neuer was dispossessed in the 96th minute.

This early crash out of the World Cup has made the future of the German side coach a doubt as he may likely step down.

A report quoted the German coach saying:

‘How do we go from here? We’ll have to talk about it calmly and I think it’s premature for me to say something. It will take me some hours to come to terms with it and I’m incredibly disappointed by this elimination.

‘Our team in this match was missing the ease of play and the classiness we normally display. Also the dynamism that led to the goalscoring opportunities was not there, so we deserve to be eliminated.’

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