#WorldCup: Defending Champion, Germany Crash Out As Brazil, Mexico Progress

Champions of the 2014 FIFA World cup, Germany have crashed out of the world Cup after losing 2-0 to South Korea in Kazan on Wednesday.

The lose, coupled with a win for Sweden, saw Germany crash out at the group stage, making it the first time they have failed to progress since 1938.

Kim Young-gwon broke the deadlock in stoppage time after the VAR overruled the original decision to rule the goal out for offside by the referee.

Son Heung-Min slotted the ball into an empty net for his side’s second goal after Germany committed all their players – even goalkeeper Manuel Neuer – forward in search of an equaliser.

Germany have now joined France (2002), Italy (2010), and Spain (2014) in the unenviable list of defending champions who have in recent time failed to go beyond the group stage in preceding World Cup.

Sweden also pulled off a masterclass performance, shocking Mexico 3-0 to qualify top of Group F.

Meanwhile, Brazil secured a laboured 2-0 win over Serbia to top group E as goals from Paulinho and Thiago Silva ensured that the 2014 host proceeds to the knock-out stage.

Brazil are joined in the round of 16 by Switzerland who held on to a 2-2 draw versus Costa Rica.

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