Germany follow Italy and Spain to become 3rd straight World Cup holder to exit at the group stage

Germany were supreme as they lifted their fourth title in Brazil 4 years ago, but a defeats to Mexico and South Korea, coming either side of a narrow win over Sweden, saw them heading home from Russia at the earliest stage.  

Germany now the third-straight holder to exit the competition at the group stage, joining Italy and Spain.

Joachim Low's men have suffered the embarrassment of finishing bottom of Group F with Sweden the surprise winners and Mexico also heading through to the round of 16. Both of them have 6 points to show from their 3 group games.

A 2-0 defeat by South Korea summed up what has been a terrible tournament for Germany, who have been plagued by reports of rifts in the squad. A generational gap between young and old has, reportedly, come to a head in their Russian camp.

Their World Cup exit is likely to be a seminal moment within the German football association, the DFB, who must face up at the worst performance at a World Cup since 1938. In fact, Germany have never failed to make it out of the group with the 1938 competition being straight knockout.

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