Tonight, the unthinkable happened, the mighty Die Mannschaft were knocked out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Germany were up against an unheralded South Korea, meanwhile, Sweden were playing Mexico.
The Swedes won their match 3-0 over the Mexicans, and all that was needed was for Germany to win theirs. However, the Korean contingent had other ideas and fired in 2 goals in stoppage time.
With that, Germany have officially succumbed to the champions curse. For the uninitiated, this ‘curse’ is when a defending champion team fails to win the World Cup in succession. So far, only Italy (1934 and 1938) and Brazil (1958 and 1962) have successfully defended.
Another interesting stat is that France won in 1998 but were knocked out in 2002 in the group stages. Similarly, Italy won 2006 but went out in the group stages in 2010. Spain won in 2010 but were dumped out in the group stages in 2014. Now, Germany have joined that list, having won in 2014, but getting knocked out in the 2018 group stages.
Korean goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo got a heck of a workout with the Germans desperately trying to hammer one in. However, his brilliant saves, coupled with the Germans failing to find the target, ensured Korea’s victory. Hyun-woo admitted that he dreamed of a move to England in the future. Who knows, with a performance like that, somebody might come knocking.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match.
— Deesha (@Frau_Boateng) June 27, 2018
— Josh Jays (@therealJayJay7) June 27, 2018
BBC commentators seem dumbfounded that Germany can be beaten. They need a word with Sir Bobby Charlton or Sir Geoff Hurst 😉#KORGER
— Tim Jones (@surfwagen) June 27, 2018
— priyanka selz (@funkyoo) June 27, 2018
germany lost (deserved to tbh) and looked ugly doing it in those green kits i truly took an L today #KORGER
— . (@stcrgirls) June 27, 2018
— #swerf (@_sw5rf_) June 27, 2018
— Parth Shah (@TheTweetingBat) June 27, 2018
— andrea (@seokjinumb) June 27, 2018
— Trequartista° (@LewaJoshua) June 27, 2018