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Germany knocked out of World Cup after South Korea loss

28 June 2018

Stoppage-time goals to Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min condemned Joachim Loew's side to finish bottom of their group.

The shot was initially ruled offside, but the Video Assistant Referee system confirmed it hit the legs of Germany's Toni Kroos before finding the South Korean's foot.

However, neither team seriously threatened to score and the only risky chance was from a swerving Koo Jacheol free-kick that caused Manuel Neuer some difficulty, but the goalkeeper managed to block it and then flick the ball away just in time before Son Heungmin could get to the rebound.

Heading into the match against Germany, the South Korean player who scored the opening goal was despised by his own fans.

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Though the unexpected elimination of Germany has created quite a buzz on the Internet, it has also triggered a conversation connected to World War. Despite high expectations that Mexico would win, Sweden defeated Mexico 3-0 to advance to the knockout stage as the victor of Group F.

"We beat the world champions from the last World Cup and now I'm looking forward to the next World Cup".

That left Germany with 40 minutes to find the one goal they needed to qualify at Mexico's expense and Kroos, their lifesaver against Sweden, just fired wide nearly at the same time the Swedes went 2-0 up through Andreas Granqvist's penalty.

Chances are good that no group of fans has ever cheered louder as their team was losing 3-0, but the sense of relief and accompanying bliss could be felt across the arena. The Tottenham Hotspur player broke down in tears and was inconsolable after their loss to Mexico last weekend, but he can hold his head high after a historic South Korea victory, which owed much to his non-stop running of the channels - even when there appeared little for him to feed on.

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Nonetheless, the usually reliable Bayern Munich man completely got a header all wrong with three minutes remaining, and ended up sending the ball way off target with his shoulder from another sublime Ozil delivery.

Mexican football fans partied at the Korean embassy in Mexico City on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time), personally thanking the Korean ambassador for his nation's shock 2-0 Fifa World Cup victory over Germany.

The mood in the dressing room must have been extraordinarily low and while Germany knew they needed to match Sweden's result, they can't have predicted today's events unfolding as they did.

"Maybe we need one more match and he will be in his full form physically and technically, because he is outside the normal standards". A Korean corner found its way to Kim Young-gwon and the defender fired home from close range. "Our World Cup nightmare has come true" German paper the Berliner describes their shock exit as an "embarrassment" and has questioned Joachim Low's future as manager Siegel's home page reads "It is a historic disgrace!"

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"We think that we need to keep winning football matches".

Germany knocked out of World Cup after South Korea loss