South Korea’s Son Heung-min scores his side’s second goal during the group F match between South Korea and Germany, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Germany are out of the World Cup following a shock 2-0 defeat to South Korea in Kazan.

The defending champions got a late winner against Sweden to keep their World Cup hopes alive following lackluster performances in their opening games.

However, Kim Young-gwon scored in the 92nd minute to punish Germany’s below par performances with an group stage exit.

Son Heung-min added to Germany’s misery before the final whistle.

Germany, needing a result, controlled the game early on.

Despite controlling the game and enjoying the majority of the possession, the Germans stuggled to create chances.

In fact, the only dangerous chance of the first half came for South Korea in the 19th minute.

Jung Woo-young hit a powerful free-kick, straight at Manuel Neuer but the ‘keeper dropped it almost into Son’s path before recovering to put the ball behind for a corner.

Germany improved early in the second half, and started to create the chances that they needed to make their dominance show.

In the 48th minute, Joshua Kimmich put a lovely cross in, Leon Goretzka connected with a decent header but Cho Hyun-woo made a brilliant save.

Most of Germany’s attacks did come from crosses down the wing, Timo Werner failing to put a shot on target from close range on the end of Mesut Ozil’s cross following a great passage of play.

Meanwhile news came through that Sweden were 3-0 up against Mexico, the goal difference swing meaning one Germany goal would see them through instead of Mexico.

Germany failed to convert further headers, substitute Mario Gomez putting his free header from Kimmich’s cross straight at Cho.

Another cross in the 87th minute found Hummels free, but he couldn’t connect properly with the header and put it over.

A minute later, Kroos found space on the ball outside the box bringing another save from South Korea stopper Cho.

Six minutes of added time were given, it seemed excessive and a big chance for Germany who were on the front foot.

But it was South Korea who found an added time winner.

A corner was mishit low into the box, still under pressure Kroos decided to put a foot on it to turn it away from Yun Young-sun, but instead turned it towards Kim in the six yard box who turned and fired into the top right corner.

The goal was originally given offside, however a VAR review resulted in the correct decision, Kim being played in by Kroos rather than a teammate.

Pushing for just any hope, Neuer had hold of the ball in the opposite half, he got caught in possession and the ball was launched forward towards Son who raced through and finished into an empty net from a few yards out on 96 minutes.

It’s the third consecutive World Cup the reigning champions have gone out in the group stage.

A low point for German football, but there can be no complaints considering their performances throughout the group stage.

Meanwhile, it was a great send off for South Korea who were unlucky to come through their first two games with no points.

Man of the Match – Cho Hyun-woo

Germany XI – Cho, Yong Lee, Yun, Young-Gwon Kim, Hong, Jae-Sung Lee, Jung, Jang, Moon, Koo, Son

Subs – Hwang (Koo, 56), Ju (Moon, 69), Go (Hwang, 79),

Germany XI – Neuer, Kimmich, Hummels, Sule, Hector, Khedira, Kroos, Goretzka, Ozil, Reus, Werner

Subs – Gomez (Khedira, 58), Muller (Goretzka, 63), Brandt (Hector, 78)

Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)