Joachim Low says Germany didn’t deserve to progress to the knock-outs

Ruben Hill
June 29, 2018

Hummels sent a lateheader over from point-blank range, while Timo Werner and Toni Kroos also spurned chances to send the defending champions into the knockout stages before sucker punches from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min.

Four minutes later, with Neuer up the field curiously playing as an auxiliary playmaker and losing possession, Son was allowed to run onto Ju Se-jong's long ball and sprint towards an unguarded goal to make it 2-0.

Even though the score in Ekaterinburg ended South Korea's hopes of going through, they still sensed a memorable win over Germany. South Korea did not advance despite its surprising victory over Germany.

A South Korea soccer fan was mobbed by Mexico fans at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, California, on June 27, following Germany's shock elimination from the 2018 World Cup.

Defeat for Sweden against Mexico could have led to Shin's side progressing beyond Group F on goal difference. In other matches, Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 and Brazil - which is looking particularly strong this tournament - beat Serbia 2-0.

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

South Korea did the almost unthinkable at the FIFA World Cup here on Wednesday, blanking defending champions Germany 2-0 to close out Group F action behind yet another stellar performance from goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo.

German defender Mats Hummels said after the match, "It's very very hard to put it into words". "Knowing that we'd just played our last match, I got some tears in my eyes later".

"It was only after the match that we found out the other score, of course we were disappointed and that's why some of us cried". The mood of Mexico fans at the game in Yekaterinburg improved when news filtered in that South Korean goalkeeper Joe Hyeon-woo was holding the Germans at bay in Kazan.

By Michael GibbonsGermany lose to South Korea, get knocked out in the first round for the first time since 1938.

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil reacts during the shock defeat by South Korea which saw the World Cup holders eliminated.

'A fan insulted him.

Stay tuned, World Cup fans: There's more drama to come Wednesday, with two games scheduled. From a high of a 66% audience share during the 2002 World Cup and 60% four years later, the average for the opening two games was 37%.

But after spurning a series of scoring chances, Germany were stunned in five dramatic stoppage-time minutes as South Korea scored twice to record a historic win over the world's number one-ranked team and leave the Germans rock bottom of the group.

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