By Christian Smith
Germany's hopes of winning a second consecutive World Cup were dashed Wednesday in a shocking stoppage-time loss to South Korea.
Korean defender Kim Young-gwon and striker Son Heung-min both scored in the game's ten minutes of injury time. The upset shocked soccer fans all around the world, but not everyone was surprised.
"Germany is a fantastic team, and they've never been knocked out this early in a World Cup," said Jeffrey Marcus, publisher of the World Cup newsletter jointhebanter.com. "It's not surprising because Germany is actually the fourth defending World Cup champion to be knocked out in the first round in the past five tournaments."
France won it all in 1998 but failed to make it to the Round of 16 four years later. Italy faced that same fate after its 2006 World Cup win, as did the 2010 champion, Spain.
Brazil is the only one of the last five World Cup winners to make it out of the tournament's group stage following its win in 2002.
Germany's loss means that Sweden and Mexico will advance to the Round of 16. Sweden topped Group F thanks to a resounding 3-0 win over El Tri.
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