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German fans stunned by World Cup elimination

30 June, 2018, 16:33 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng receives medical treatment during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F match between South Korea and Mexico at Rostov Arena in Rostov-on Don

The Herald Business' sports page said, "The German Goliath went from composure to tears in 99 minutes", while Yonhap News said "after defeats at the 1994 and 2002 World Cups, South Korea finally stopped the German tank".

A 2-0 defeat to South Korea in Kazan following stoppage-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min condemned the four-time champions to an ignominious bottom-place finish in Group F.

After a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in its opener, Germany recovered with a last-grasp win over Sweden and now hopes to build on the momentum to secure a convincing win against South Korea.

Ludwig Augustinsson put the Swedes ahead five minutes into the second half before Marcus Berg won a penalty and Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist, who scored the victor from the spot against South Korea, stepped up to take it.

Germany needed to beat South Korea by two clear goals, or better Sweden's result against Mexico in the other Group F match being played at the same time, to guarantee they would go through to the last 16. The Swansea midfielder is South Korea's most experienced player, with 104 appearances with the national team.

The first holders not to win a match in the next World Cup also failed to score a goal during a disastrous campaign in Japan and South Korea. Sweden and Mexico confirmed their second round berth collecting six points each from their respective three matches.

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"We knew that Sweden were leading but we didn't have enough to get a goal". "Basically, we defend with four. I believe we can do it..." "And at the end, we didn't succeed in our penetration in the final third".

Germany, the 2014 champions, Confederations Cup champions and FIFA's top-ranked team, were eliminated at the first hurdle for the first time since 1938.

Brazil finished first in Group E and will face Mexico in the round of 16 on Monday in Samara. "We will sit down and over today's match again".

Sunday, June 17Mexico 1 Germany 0. Sweden, powered by their own terrific performance, and Mexico, powered by South Korea, were through.

South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong did not reveal which player would captain his side against Germany, just saying the role would not be for the faint-hearted.

Edson Alvarez, who at 20 years old is the youngest player on Mexico's roster, starts at right back with Carlos Salcedo and Hector Moreno in the middle.



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