Germany face South Korea in World Cup crunch game

Germany face South Korea in World Cup crunch game

It was, though, a bittersweet success for the Koreans, who exited the tournament as well, despite becoming the first Asian side to defeat the Germans at a World Cup, as Sweden beat Mexico and both teams advanced.

Germany´s midfielder Toni Kroos (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Germany and Sweden at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 23, 2018.

"It's very, very hard to put it into words", said Germany defender Mats Hummels, a member of the team that won in Brazil four years ago.

Mexico fans tensely watch as their team falls apart against Sweden.

Sweden beat Mexico 3-0, winning the group. It ended with Mexican fans storming the South Korean embassy in Mexico City to sing, dance and force the consul to drink tequila, it brought acclaim to Seoul from around the world and brought despair to Germany. The defeat left South Koreans fans in a tizzy.

Prior to the World Cup, Jo was the least experienced of the three custodians on the national team with five caps.

After the defeat to Mexico, Germany had restored calm by coming from behind to win against Sweden thanks to a last-minute goal from Toni Kroos.

The world´s most expensive player, who battled back from a fractured metatarsal to be fit for Russian Federation, took plenty of flak despite scoring in the 2-0 victory over Costa Rica last Friday.

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Desperate for the equaliser, Poland exposed themselves to counter-attacks whenever they ventured forward. The Poles manufactured a chance against the run of play a few minutes later.

Then, Mexicans at the game - and around the world - cheered wildly when South Korea scored its first goal. Originally called out for offside, the goal was given after video review.

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"We didn't deserve to win the title again, we didn't deserve to get into the last 16". However, neither team seriously threatened to score and the only unsafe chance was from a swerving Koo Jacheol free-kick that caused Manuel Neuer some difficulty, but the goalkeeper managed to block it and then flick the ball away just in time before Son Heungmin could get to the rebound.

It's moments like this that make the World Cup truly a one-of-a-kind event.

Germany limped to a goalless conclusion of the first half but with Mexico vs. Sweden also a stalemate, it did not matter as Low's men were through by virtue of their head-to-head record against the Swedes - a 2-1 win last Saturday courtesy of Toni Kroos' 95th minute victor.

South Korea lost its opening two matches but still entered the game with a chance to advance.

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