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FIFA World Cup 2018: Twitter reacts as defending champions Germany are sent crashing out at the group stage
- Updated: June 28, 2018
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
— Dan (@ITZDANNNO) June 27, 2018
1990 World Champions
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.'
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) June 27, 2018
Apologies for not citing a source. This was received on Whatsapp. pic.twitter.com/RjwlOJMeHC
— Joe Akkawi (@JoeAkkawi) June 27, 2018
— Silas (@siiavia) June 27, 2018
— Sangi (@I_am_sangi3) June 27, 2018
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) June 27, 2018
— Rashid (@rash5053) June 27, 2018
— Classical Griezmann (@Griezmannility) June 27, 2018