It’s the first time since 1938 that Germany has exited the tournament in the first round. And considering the country’s status as defending World Cup champions, it represents a remarkable turn of fortune.
Despite the embarrassment, German fans can take solace in historical precedent: The last three World Cup champions have all been knocked out in the first stage in the subsequent tournament:
Germany’s loss kept Mexico’s hopes in the tournament alive, however. Despite a resounding 3-0 loss to Sweden, the team has progressed to the round of 16.
Jubilant Mexican fans found a South Korean fan outside the stadium to share their thanks Wednesday: