Holders Germany knocked out after 2-0 defeat

South Korea vs. Germany: World Cup highlights and recap

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.

Loew struggled to explain it.

"Since we won we can say it all went as planned", he added.

"If they are a lot better than us we must accept it, there's not much we can do, but we shall do our utmost". It will take me some hours now to come to terms with it. "The whole of German football has lost".

"We didn't really get into that tournament. We have to apologise for that". "The Korean people know this and I hope they will give us support as well".

Once the Swedes had taken the lead in their concurrent match, the equation grew grim for Germany.

Ironically, Toni Kroos' sensational late strike against Sweden is the reason why Korea Republic still have a chance to advance but that may also be the reason why Germany finally produced their real form.




Offered a free header from close in with minutes left on the clock, Mats Hummels missed the ball completely, a flawless snapshot of an afternoon of serial ineffectiveness going forward. As it turned out, South Korea's win kept Mexico in the competition. We are just as disappointed as you!

"Today it was not easy but, yes, no team could get through easily".

South Korean fans celebrated wildly, as did those of Mexico and Sweden as they advanced into the last 16, and South Korea head coach Shin Tae-yong will now be looking ahead to the 2019 Asian Cup. "We didn't think about the other game, we were just focused on our game".

Two minutes into stoppage time, South Korea's Kim Young-gwon opened the scoring after German players failed to clear the ball.

The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but the decision was overturned following a video review. A long punt upfield saw Tottenham forward Son Heung-min chase a clearance to fire into an empty net and Korea hung on for a famous win that will be a consolation for their own elimination.

He said: "Until quite recently, we have probably been the most consistent, in terms of performance, team in the past 10, 12 years".

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.

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