World Cup 2018: Germany, struck by Curse of the Champions, hit 80-year low

first_imgGermany became the third successive defending champion to crash out of the FIFA World Cup in the group stages. Spain were eliminated in the first round in 2014 while Italy had bowed out of the group stages in 2010.This was also Germany’s worst World Cup performance since 1938. This is only the second time in 80 years that they were knocked out in the first round.Germany were overwhelming favourites coming into the World Cup in Russia. However, questions were raised when they were humbled after by Mexico in their tournament opener. Germany, though, fought back in their next match against Sweden and when Tony Kroos hit that magical free kick, the world sat up and applauded the world champions for their magic.Up against South Korea, the number-one ranked Germany were expected to have an easy ride. The Koreans had lost both their matches against Mexico and Sweden. But in a shocking turn of events, Germany lost to South Korea, ranked a lowly 57th.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEAll Germany had to do was beat South Korea 1-0. To think, the world’s best team failed to do that.Stoppage-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min finished off Joachim Loews sorry Germany side, who finished bottom of the group on three points.Mexico, South Korea fans celebrate together after knocking out GermanyGermany have won four World Cup titles. They also finished runners-up four times. But in Russia, they will bow out in humiliation.They have won four World Cup titles and also finished runners-up four times and entered this years tournament heavily backed to retain their title.advertisementGermany crash out, Brazil reach round of 16Instead they will head home after a stunning failure, having been unable to break down the South Koreans and after a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opening group match.Sweden won the group after thrashing the Mexicans 3-0.Fans, media slam biggest disgrace in German World Cup historyGermanys Toni Kroos, the free kick hero in the 2-1 win over Sweden, tried desperately to spark his side into action in the second half but was denied by South Koreas heroic Cho Hyun-woo in the 88th minute, one of a number of fine saves by the keeper.German coach Joachim Low shocked after World Cup 2018 eliminationBut it was Kim Young-gwon who broke the deadlock in added time when he found himself alone in front of goal after a corner and he poked the ball home from close range.Missed opportunities will haunt me, says German star HummelsMoments later Son sprinted to retrieve a long ball, with Germany keeper Neuer having left his goal to try to help his side get a goal, and the Korean striker fired a low shot into the net to wrap up the win and leave the Germans distraught.(With Reuters inputs)last_img