In what has come as the biggest upset of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and this edition of the World Cup already has had a few of them, defending champions Germany have crashed out of the competition in the group stage after South Korea stunned the European powerhouse with a 2-0 victory in their final Group F contest on Wednesday. Interestingly, South Korea scored both their goals in injury time, at the 93rd and 96th minute to be precise. Read the complete scorecard of the Germany vs South Korea match here.
The most interesting fact is that Germany, which has won the World Cup four times, have exited a World Cup in the first round for the first time since 1938. Talking about this match, Germany had 70% possession of the ball but still failed to register a goal. South Korea, with just 30% possession, went for every chance they had to score a goal and though it didn't reward them in full time, they turned it all around by scoring in 90'+3' and 90'+6'. From Group F, Sweden secured the top spot with six points, while Mexico, finished second with six points. Germany ended the group stage with three points -- same as South Korea, who are also going home. Catch the video highlights of the match here.
This is not the first time that the defending champions have crashed out in the group stage of the World Cup. In what is now coming to be known as the winner's curse, teams which won the World Cup since 2006 have all made an exit in the Group stage. Italy won the World Cup in 2006 but were knocked out in 2010 edition. Spain lifted the trophy in 2010 but were shown the exit door in 2014 edition and now Germany, who dominated the 2014 World Cup and claimed victory, have been handed a shock defeat and have been forced out of the competition.