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FIFA World Cup 2018: Twitter reacts as defending champions Germany are sent crashing out at the group stage

In one of the biggest shocks of the FIFA World Cup so far, defending champions Germany were sent packing as they crashed to their second defeat of the campaign, this time falling 2-0 to South Korea.

Ranked number one, coming into the tournament, Joachim Low's side were one of the prime contenders for the title. However, as the first couple of weeks unravelled, it was pretty clear that the Germans were a pale shadow of their former selves. 

The defending champions began their disastrous Russian sojourn with a defeat at the hands of Mexico before clawing back from a goal down to beat Sweden even after going a man down. Their comeback, though came to a hault against a resilient Korean side – who probably deserved more than the three points they got from this tournament.

This, however, seems to go with the recent trend in World Cups recently as the defending champions were sent packing at the group stage for the fourth time in the last five editions (Brazil's survival in the 2006 edition being the only exception).

Germany has always had a rich history in the World Cup having made the quarter-finals each time since 1954. And this shock of seismic proportions brought the best in people on Twitter.

3 – Germany are the third successive World Cup reigning champions to be eliminated in the group stages after Spain in 2014 and Italy in 2010. Humbled. #GER #KOR #KORGER #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/CMMjn8jgBF

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 27, 2018

A beautiful moment to saver #KORGER #GER #WorldCup18
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— Dan (@ITZDANNNO) June 27, 2018

#GER in the #WorldCup in the last 36 years:

1982 Final
1986 Final
1990 World Champions
1994 Quarterfinal
1998 Quarterfinal
2002 Final
2006 Third place
2010 Third place
2014 World Champion
2018 Group stage

— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) June 27, 2018

'All of German football has lost not just a match, but everything we have built over the last few years. We say sorry. I'm the first to ask myself questions, what went wrong. I need to sleep on it. I'm responsible. There is disappointment deep inside me.'

– Joachim Löw. #GER pic.twitter.com/q8dNTOt6Gk

— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) June 27, 2018

A video out of Lebanon showing #BRA fans carrying a #GER coffin as they walk down the street. #BRAxSER #GERxKOR #Germany

Apologies for not citing a source. This was received on Whatsapp. pic.twitter.com/RjwlOJMeHC

— Joe Akkawi (@JoeAkkawi) June 27, 2018

Titanic makes everything better! #WorldCup #GER #KORGER pic.twitter.com/gEfGcTNBht

— Silas (@siiavia) June 27, 2018

Thanks for participating #ger
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— Sangi (@I_am_sangi3) June 27, 2018

It's the first time that #ENG have gone further than #GER at a #WorldCup since 1966…

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— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) June 27, 2018

Messi’s World Cups:
2006: Lost to #GER⁠ in QF
2010: Lost to #GER⁠ ⁠in QF
2014: Lost to #GER⁠ ⁠in the Final
2018: ? pic.twitter.com/NY0lrC9Uz9

— Rashid (@rash5053) June 27, 2018

Its been a long day, without you my friend…#GER pic.twitter.com/2IEgOiS8eb

— Classical Griezmann (@Griezmannility) June 27, 2018

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