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South Korean KO - Dark day for defending champions

29 June, 2018, 19:47 | Author: Candice Daniels
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The Germans panicked - three minutes into a 5-minute stoppage time, and needing to score twice, they threw everything at the South Koreans, as Manuel Neuer left his area in a desperate attempt to add something, anything.

Sweden topped the group after a 3-0 win against Mexico, who join them in the next round despite the heavy defeat.

Like Neuer, Thomas Muller broke through the ranks in Germany's national team at World Cup 2010, although the Bayern Munich forward was benched for the crunch clash with South Korea, and the 28-year-old admitted the squad were embarrassed by their displays.

And then, in keeping with the last minute drama that has permeated this World Cup, Kim Young-gwon found himself in the right place at the right time as a deflected shot landed at his feet and he slotted home from close range. We just did not use our chances. Korea scored one of their biggest victories on the World Cup stage since 2002 quarterfinals victory over Spain and are still going home but they have "world champions" Germany to keep them company.

"We wanted to win but we didn't have what it takes".

But it was South Korea that made the first serious threat at the goal when the Asian side were awarded a free kick opportunity in the 18th minute.

"We didn't think about the other game, we were just focused on our game".

LA Galaxy employee Adam Serrano shared a number of clips of Mexico fans reacting to the result of the South Korea-Germany match to Twitter on June 27.

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"Since 2006 we've been among the last four or in the final".

"It wasn't my impression when I spoke to the team before that they were under pressure before the match because the Sweden game was on at the same time and we really had the feeling that our team wanted to move ahead and qualify for the knockout stages". "They were so disciplined, so loyal in everything they did", Sweden coach Janne Andersson said.

For Mexico, the lacklustre performance in Yekaterinburg marked a reality check as they head to the second round.

With a loss to the Swedes, Mexico's fate would come down to the outcome of the Germany-South Korea match that was being played simultaneously. "I'm a very lucky guy to play for my country and I'm very happy and lucky to have this country".

Mexico meanwhile thrilled in victories over Germany and South Korea but were overwhelmed by Sweden, who did well to pick themselves up after the demoralizing reverse to Low's side.

It was smooth-sailing for five-time champions Brazil and Neymar.

Left back Marcelo will be an injury concern heading into that match after being substituted in the 10th minute against Serbia with a back spasm.

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