Germany has been dumped out of the 2018 World Cup after suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of South Korea in Wednesday’s Group F clash in Kazan.
Sweden’s 3-0 victory over Mexico meant that Germany needed to record three points but late goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min condemned the defending champions to their first early exit.
South Korea’s heroics in added-on time does not secure qualification for the last 16, however, with Sweden topping the group and Mexico finishing as runners-up.
At a time when news of Sweden’s opener against Mexico began to filter through, Timo Werner was presented with the chance to get a half-volley away from by the penalty spot but the forward drilled his effort wide of Jo’s right-hand post.
As Sweden went three up in the other game, Germany became desperate to find the goal which would earn their progress and eliminate Mexico, but Marco Reus almost broke the deadlock in some style with his 25-yard strike missing the far corner by a matter of inches.
With three minutes left, Hummels should have scored when meeting an inswinging cross but the centre-back somehow sent his free header off target from no more than eight yards.