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Germany, the 2014 champions, Confederations Cup champions and FIFA's top-ranked team, were eliminated at the first hurdle for the first time since 1938.

On Twitter, the German embassy in Kenya tweeted a flag flying at half-mast.

And as fans woke up to a World Cup without the holders this morning, the mockery online continued.

South Korea lost its opening two matches but still entered the game with a chance to advance.

But, because of the way the World Cup draw works, Germany's defeat meant the Mexicans were progressing through to the next round.

Even with two straight losses, however, South Korea had not given up their hopes for the round of 16.

Toni Kroos, who curled in the victor to beat Sweden, tried to spark his side but was denied by Cho Hyun-woo in the 88th minute, one of a number of fine saves by the South Korean keeper.

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They have shown a willingness to take on salaries in return for assets in the past, in deals such as that for DeMarre Carroll . The point guard went on to say that his former teammate was "incredible" and checked off every mark statistically this year.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson spoke of his vast pride after his side topped the group with second-half goals against Mexico from Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist and an own goal from Edson Alvarez to move into a last-16 meeting with Switzerland. South Korea had a slim chance, but they made a decision to go for it.

The Swedes went through to the knockout rounds as the unlikely winners of Group F, taking the beaten Mexicans with them.

Against Germany, South Korea stuck to a counter-attacking strategy with Son upfront, supported by Koo Ja-cheol behind. Joachim Low's side also poured 26 shots, but only six went to target.

Nervous Germany increased the pressure after the break and poured forward but despite a one-sided second half they could not find the back of the net before South Korea's last-gasp double. On 12 minutes Marcus Berg clipped wide from close range with a bicycle kick. Originally called out for offside, the goal was given after video review.

Shock loss: Germany's Julian Brandt, left, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, and Joshua Kimmich.

That's not to say that South Korea didn't deserve their win, but, as German defender Mats Hummels said, on another day he could have converted an 86th minute headed chance and the German could hav slipped through.

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