Defending champion Germany out in stunner

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Despite not qualifying for the last 16 themselves, South Korea's 2-0 win sent Germany back home and Mexico to the knockout stage.

The German Football Association (DFB) has apologised to the nation the morning after Joachim Loew's side were sensationally knocked out of the World Cup with a 2-0 defeat to South Korea.

South Korea's Kim Young-gwon scored in added time following a video review and Son Heung-min added another goal just before the final whistle.

And victory over South Korea would have been enough to progress after Sweden clinched a 3-0 victory against Mexico in Nizhny Novgorod.

Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16. I'm still angry and disappointed and at the same time I feel sorry for all our fans who supported us in the stadium or at home in front of the tv or at public viewings.

The loss defines what has been a disastrous World Cup for Germany, which began with a defeat by Mexico.

The Group F side left fans around the world in awe after failing to score a goal against South Korea in their third clash in Russian Federation. We will analyse what went wrong and carry on working as we always did. It was a stunning result, both for the team that had come to Russian Federation as the world's No. 1 and for South Korea, which wasn't listed in the top 50 when this tournament began.

"World Cup 2018 was not what we expected".

The result sparked huge celebrations among the legions of Mexican fans in Russian Federation, and also back home in Mexico City, not least when locals mobbed the South Korean embassy and hoisted the ambassador onto their shoulders, before marching him around in thanks for his team's heroics in helping Mexico into the last 16.

While their loss to Mexico could be explained by a lack of cohesion between defence and midfield when coming up against counter-attacks, there is little excuse for failing to even score against a Korea side who came into the game without a point.

"They are very important players, strategically and mentally", Son said.

South Korea, also eliminated, had the best early chance of the game when Germany keeper Manuel Neuer spilled a free kick in the 19th minute but managed to recover quickly and slap the ball away.

Timo Werner, Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil and second-half substitute Mario Gomez were among the Germany stars who failed to take goal scoring chances as the South Koreans defended with determination.

Germany lost on Wednesday despite dominating in possession - 69 percent to 31 percent - and leading South Korea in shots on goal.