Day of World Cup reckoning for holders Germany

Day of World Cup reckoning for holders Germany

Day of World Cup reckoning for holders Germany

Kim Hyun-tae, who was South Korea's goalkeeper coach for the World Cups in 2002 and 2010, the only times the country made it to the knockout stages, said the win over Germany was crucial because it restored confidence in the future of South Korean soccer.

"We need a couple of hours to see things clearly", Loew said.

"We did not put the ball in the net, even though we had plenty of opportunities, including myself in the 86th minute - I have to score from chances like that".

To advance to the round of 16, South Korea needed to beat Germany by at least two goals and have Mexico beat Sweden in the other Group F match.

A 3-0 destruction at the hands of Sweden had Osorio's side looking elsewhere for help, but South Korea came through for El Tri, taking a 2-0 win over Germany. Germany's loss to Korea saw the 2014 world champions finish last in the group to exit the tournament.

Germany's departure makes it the fourth champion in the past five World Cup to be eliminated in the group stage, joining Spain, Italy and France.

With Germany desperately looking for a goal to get back in the match, Neuer joined the attack.

Germany's Thomas Muller looks dejected after losing 2-0 to South Korea at the World Cup in Kazan, Russia.

The Mexican team's official beer sponsor also showed its gratitude to the South Koreans, sending their embassy in Washington several dozen crates of alcohol, along with the message: "Showing thanks to our South Korean friends as the official beer of the Mexican national football team".

Injury-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min ensured a victory that was deserved.

From 30 yards out, it should have been fodder for World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but after fumbling Jung's dipping drive Neuer scrambled desperately to clear as Son raced to pounce.

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"Advancing to the best-of-16 was a long shot in the first place, but beating Germany is still something special", said Choi Ji-hye, a 40-year-old office worker in Seoul.

And then everything went insane in added time at the end.

The goal, a seemingly meaningless one from South Korea's side, elicited a big reaction.

After defeats to Sweden and Mexico, South Korea were expected to bow out of the tournament against a Germany side who needed a win, but a major surprise occurred in Kazan.

Germany dominated this clash between holders and underdogs, but Korea Republic prevailed by showing their defining characteristics: passion and determination.

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