Germany crash out as South Korea stun holders

01 July, 2018, 07:32 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Both teams could potentially qualify

Defending champion Germany was sent crashing out of the World Cup after suffering a stunning 2-0 defeat by a tenacious South Korea that saw it eliminated in the first round for the first time in 80 years.

South Korea did the almost unthinkable at the FIFA World Cup here on Wednesday, blanking defending champions Germany 2-0 to close out Group F action behind yet another stellar performance from goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo. It was assumed that Germany would beat South Korea, and that Mexico would beat Sweden, but football is a amusing old game. South Korea tacked on an empty netter moments later to seal Germany's fate.

With Mexico falling 3-0 behind to Sweden in Ekaterinburg it was left with no choice but to hope that the Germans failed to win their game against South Korea, being played simultaneously in Kazan.

Defeat for Sweden against Mexico could have led to Shin's side progressing beyond Group F on goal difference.

"As time has gone by there's been improved teamwork, but we face the defending champions and even if we improve the teamwork, I don't think it'll be that easy".

South Korea was also eliminated despite the victory.

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"At this tournament we didn't deserve to win again or move to the round of 16".

Kim Young-gwon broke the deadlock in added time when he found himself alone in front of goal after a corner and poked the ball home from close range. "I'm shocked, I'm shocked because we didn't manage to pull it off today".

The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but the decision was overturned following a video review. "We lost but we're in the next round", Alcocer said, "So, we're very happy".

Similar scenes were repeated across the country, as Mexico's World Cup dream was kept alive.

The goal, a seemingly meaningless one from South Korea's side, elicited a big reaction.

Germany suffered the first of several scares after South Korea won a free kick on the quarter hour when Sami Khedira's boot connected with the head of Jung Wooyoung.

Germany's best chance before going behind had fallen to Mats Hummels late on, but the defender wasted it, paving the way for South Korea's late show.

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