The streak continues.
After winning the World Cup in 2014, Germany become the fourth European World Cup winner in a row to fail to get out of the group stage after falling 2-0 to South Korea on Wednesday.
— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 27, 2018
The loss put the defending champions at the bottom of Group F.
Days after coming from behind to stun Sweden on a game-winning kick with just seconds left in the game, Germany’s magic finally ran out. The group stage loss was the first time Germany has been knocked out in the first round since 1938.
Wednesday’s loss wasn’t surprising considering what has happened to past defending champions. Since 1994, every World Cup champion from Europe has failed to escape the group stage with Germany becoming the fourth consecutive team to fall.
Here’s how former players and fans reacted on social media to the news.
Poisoned chalice? 🌎🏆
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 27, 2018
The last time Germany didn’t make it past the group stage at a World Cup was…1938. pic.twitter.com/ruiGvFlZYB
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) June 27, 2018
Last World Cup: Germany 7-1 Brazil
This World Cup: https://t.co/NFu4bkU3ms
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 27, 2018
You can always go out early with a bad team, but not with a team like this one!! @DFB_Team
Honest assessment must start !!!
— Michael Ballack (@Ballack) June 27, 2018
Speechless. Ima need some time….
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) June 27, 2018
watching Mexico lose but then watching Korea win pic.twitter.com/wJ2dG6qQeu
— vader (@elizabethhdre) June 27, 2018
— Football Daily (@footballdailyuk) June 27, 2018
Best. World. Cup. Yet. Heartbreaking for Germany but excited to see Mexico moving. Every 3rd game has been insanity. My Stress levels ⬆️⬆️⬆️
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) June 27, 2018