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No real surprise after Germany started on a Low ebb

The last time Germany were knocked out of the World Cup at the first hurdle was in 1938, 10 years before South Korea gained independence.

Fifty-six places separate them in the football hierarchy but, on Wednesday, the Koreans stunned the world No. 1 Germans 2-0 in Kazan to send the defending champions packing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2018, with the headline 'No real surprise after Germany started on a Low ebb'. Print Edition | Subscribe