Germany sip from the 21st century World Cup chalice

Mae Harvey
July 1, 2018

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. South Korea's Son Heung-Min added another goal a few minutes later in one of the most shocking results in soccer history, officially eliminating defending champion Germany.

With Germany's loss, Sweden and Mexico advance from Group F. Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 in their match, which was played concurrently with the South Korean shocker.

Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored a goal each for Brazil and the five-time champions will next face Mexico in the round of 16 on Monday in Samara.

As you can imagine, fans went wild over South Korea's incredible win, which kept the defending World Cup winners from advancing. "I told (my players) we would have opportunities, that they would need the victory more than us". That's because South Korea entered the match with a slim chance to advance but couldn't get it done.

France, holders of 1998 World Cup, got eliminated in 2002 in the group stages.

Germany were caught out at the back as they threw men forward in search for a late victor, with Kim Young-Gwon flicking home inside the box two minutes into injury time.

The 29-year-old criticised Germany's tactics after going down to Mexico and, although he has since seen improvements, he was frustrated by a loss of composure up front against South Korea.

"Today we played really, really badly so therefore we didn't deserve to make it to the next round".

It will be our last-ditch effort, but whether we go to the round of 16 or not we will do our utmost to win tomorrow's game.

A video-assistant-referee review overturned an offside call on the field to give South Korea the first goal of the match, in the 91st minute.

But Joachim Loew's men wasted a series of chances in a tense match that saw a pale version of the world champions become the fourth holders of the title this century to be sent packing at the first hurdle.

South Korea will be one of the favourites to win the tournament, which begins in early January and runs until early February - which is a blow for Tottenham Hotspur.

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