Germany's World Cup Elimination Stuns the Globe—and Twitter—As Mexico Makes Lucky Escape

In a truly thrilling conclusion to Group F play, Germany was knocked out of the World Cup on Wednesday, while Mexico narrowly qualified. South Korea helped El Tri sneak in by beating Germany, an absolute powerhouse of a nation that won the last World Cup in 2014.

Sweden breezed through by making easy work of Mexico, winning by a score of 3-0.

"Out! Our nightmare has come true," read the headline from German tabloid Bild, translated via Google.

Heading into play on Wednesday, things were very much up in the air. Mexico sat atop the table with six points from two victories, including a stunner over Germany to start the tournament. Mexico needed only a draw to secure the top of the table. Mexico's manager Juan Carlos Osorio said the squad would be aggressive in its play and look to win and not tie, which may have helped contribute to the loss.

"I think that won't change. We're going to go out there to try and secure the three points," Osorio told reporters, via ESPN. "That might be a factor but it's not the most important thing. That will not have an impact on our style of play and our strategy."

In the end, the Mexico loss didn't matter since South Korea managed to outlast Germany 2-0, scoring two goals late in the match. The defending champion Germans, meanwhile, were knocked out in the opening round of the World Cup for the first time since 1938. It was an absolutely stunning defeat.

Twitter, of course, was aflame with reactions to the stunning result.

"Watching Germany tumble out of World Cup in Group Stage is something I never expected to see in my lifetime," posted Men In Blazers' Roger Bennett. "Makes Red Wedding seem like run of mill nuptial ceremony in comparison. Totally, totally Gobsmacked."

Former England great Gary Lineker even amended his quote about the Germans always winning. He tweeted: "Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans no longer always win. Previous version is confined to history."

Here's a collection of some of the other responses floating around the internet ether.

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