Revolution

World Cup Day 14: Germany out; Mexico, Sweden, Brazil, Switzerland through

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Die Mannschaft crash out in group stage: For the third consecutive time, the defending champions didn't get out of the group. Not showing anything regarding urgency until the last 20 minutes of the football match, Germany found itself knocked out of the tournament thanks to a pair of second-half, stoppage-time goals by South Korea's Kim Young-gwon -- which was declared a good goal via VAR after the assistant referee had adjudged him in an offside position -- and the dagger by Son Heung-min on a long ball that saw the Germans' net empty three minutes from the full-time whistle. Germany finished fourth in the group, and joins Spain '14 and Italy '10 as the most recent defending champion to see its World Cup end after two weeks; it's also the first time Germany, in any form (the '74 East German team got out of the first group stage), failed to get out of the group stage since 1938.

Despite 3-0 defeat, El Tri advances: In what was a near-disaster for not only Mexico but CONCACAF as a whole had Germany scored, El Tri moves on.