There will be a new name on the World Cup trophy for 2018 as holders Germany were beaten by South Korea in Kazan.
The 2-0 defeat also marks the first time that ‘Die Mannschaft’ will not participate in the knockout stages of the tournament since 1938, after manager Joachim Low’s side finished bottom of Group F.
The four-time winners crashed out after conceding twice in second half stoppage time as they went in search of the goal that would send them through to the last 16.
In an astonishing turn of events, Kim Young-gwon’s 92nd minute goal, despite being initially ruled out for offside, left the 2014 champions staring at the prospect of elimination. The goal was then given after VAR overturned the on-the-field call.
However, worse was to come for the Germans when, deep into stoppage time and appearing evermore desperate for a goal, goalkeeper and Bayern Munich star Manuel Neuer lost possession of the ball in the Korean half.
Ju Se-jong capitalised on the error, launching the ball forward where Son Heung-min was able to poke the ball into an empty German net for his side’s second of the afternoon.
South Korean fans inside the stadium were jubilant while, in contrast, some Germany fans were in tears after watching their national side lift the Jules Rimet trophy just four years ago in Rio; a fitting end to a tournament that had seen ‘Die Mannschaft’ beat hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals.
Wednesday’s defeat to Korea followed their opening game loss against eventual group runners up Mexico, while it took a dramatic late winner from Toni Kroos to see off group winners Sweden – their only points of the group stage.