South Korea fans celebrate after beating Germany

South Korea fans celebrate after beating Germany

South Korea fans celebrate after beating Germany

South Korea have a slim chance of qualifying to the knockout rounds of the Fifa World Cup 2018, but they will not only need to beat Germany comprehensively, they also will have to hope Mexico do them a favour by getting the better of Sweden.

While South Korea's World Cup run is over, the team still pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament so far to eliminate the reigning champions.

"The situation is very hard to put into words", he told ZDF.

22-year-old winger Julian Brandt, who was controversially included in the Germany squad ahead of Manchester City's Leroy Sane, may have earned himself a starting place ahead of Julian Draxler after impressing from the bench against Sweden.

Germany went into the game knowing that a win by two clear goals would have seen them into the last 16.

South Korean fans weren't the only ones rejoicing.

Wrote one, "Korea just got Mexico to the next round of the World Cup". They were still in position to advance despite trailing Sweden, but they were waiting - some with tears in their eyes - for Germany to do the inevitable and ruin their chances of moving on. More than £430,000 was matched on the Germans at [1.17].

Two goals in injury time from South Korea pair Kim Young-Gwon and Son Heung-Min meant that they finished rock bottom in Group F.


South Korea head coach Shin Tae-yong stuck to the 4-4-2 system for the second straight match but made a few lineup changes for the third straight match.

The world´s most expensive player, who battled back from a fractured metatarsal to be fit for Russian Federation, took plenty of flak despite scoring in the 2-0 victory over Costa Rica last Friday.

Defender Mats Hummels admitted Germany's group stage exit was a "bitter" shock.

Then six minutes into stoppage time, with Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in possession in the opponents' half, Ju Se-jong gained control of the ball, launched it forward and Son Heung-min tapped into an empty net to score the second.

He added: "We believed in it until the very end, we tried to shoot, but we just couldn't get the ball in".

It's moments like this that make the World Cup truly a one-of-a-kind event. Joshua Kimmich sent a cross to an unmarked Leon Goretzka for a header from point-blank range, and Jo soared to his right at the last minute and punched the ball out of play.

South Korea lost its opening two matches but still entered the game with a chance to advance.

The four-time winners came to Russian Federation as one of the favourites but became the fourth side this century to lose in the group stage after winning the previous tournament following a 2-0 defeat against unfancied South Korea.

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