Germany crash out of World Cup in huge upset after draw with South Korea


In a stunning upset, two-time champions Germany were eliminated from the Women’s World Cup group stages following a draw with South Korea. This marks the first time in Germany’s history that they have failed to advance to the knockout stages. Considered one of the favorites before the tournament, Germany needed a better result than Morocco’s match against Colombia to progress in Group H. However, Morocco secured a 1-0 victory, sealing Germany’s fate.

The match against South Korea got off to a tense start, with Cho So-hyun scoring an early goal for the Korean side. Nevertheless, Germany’s captain, Alexandra Popp, displayed her prowess by netting her fourth goal in three matches just before half-time to level the score. Heading into the break, Germany seemed to be advancing as group runners-up, but Morocco’s late goal against Colombia changed the situation, leaving Germany with no choice but to secure a win.

Popp was Germany’s best hope for scoring again, coming close with a header that hit the crossbar, though it was ruled offside by the video assistant referee. As the minutes ticked away, Germany became increasingly frustrated, unable to convert their chances. During stoppage time, they desperately sent numerous crosses into South Korea’s box, but none yielded a goal. At full-time, the devastated German players fell to the ground in tears, comforted by the staff.

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South Korea, despite finishing last in the group with two losses, managed to pull off this shocking result against the mighty German team. In the last 16, Colombia will face Jamaica, while Morocco will take on France.

The unexpected elimination of Germany adds to the surprises of this World Cup. Although they held the second position in the world rankings and had an impressive tournament history, winning back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2007, weaknesses in their defense and possession mistakes were evident in this competition. They suffered a 2-1 defeat against Colombia and were at risk of elimination even before their final clash with South Korea.

Throughout the match, Germany’s frustration grew as they missed several chances, including opportunities from Popp, Lohmann, and Buhl. On the other hand, South Korea remained resolute in defense and effectively managed the game clock, securing a historic victory.

The unexpected exit of Germany from the group stages follows the earlier eliminations of world top-10 teams, Canada and Brazil, adding to the shock for their dedicated supporters. It’s a significant comedown for the German team, especially after their loss to England in the Euro 2022 final, just twelve months prior.


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