Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

South Korea Shocks Germany 2-0, Sending World Cup Champs Packing

South Korea Shocks Germany 2-0, Sending World Cup Champs Packing

South Korea countered by playing Son into a breakaway with an empty net, and the Tottenham star finished the game-and Germany's stay in Russia-with another goal.

Meanwhile, Sweden thumped Mexico 3-0, overpowering their opponents after a scoreless first half in a result that means both teams advance to the World Cup last 16 at the expense of Germany.

Germany were stunned 1-0 in their opening World Cup 2018 game against Mexico and appeared to be heading out as they trailed Sweden in their next group game.

Germany coach Joachim Loew caused a surprise by leaving midfield attacking stalwart Thomas Mueller on the bench for the first time since 2012 after his underwhelming displays against Mexico and Sweden.

Germany are the sixth holders in history to fall at the first hurdle and their demise came four years after defending champions Spain also failed to make it out of the group stage in Brazil. The disappointment is deep inside me. El Tri was on the brink of elimination if Germany had beaten South Korea.

"Germany are the defending champions and number one in the Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking, so I thought about what mistakes Germany might make, because they probably felt they would be able to beat us - that's what everybody thought".

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They cheered wildy when Kim Young-gwon turned in a shot home from six meters. I am shocked. We have to talk about things calmly to work out what to do now. The team's bad luck in Russian Federation continued Wednesday, as Mats Hummels was unable to put away a free header from 6 yards out late in the match. The official had to check with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) before confirming the goal, but it was good.

"We beat the world champions and normally it's a dream and we can be proud of the team", Son said.

Toni Kroos, the hero in the 2-1 win over Sweden, tried desperately to spark his side in the second half but was denied by South Korea's Cho Hyun-woo in the 88th minute, one of a number of fine saves by the keeper.

"We didn't deserve to win the title again, we didn't deserve to get into the last 16".

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

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