Champions out as Germany lose 239/1 thriller to South Korea

Champions out as Germany lose 239/1 thriller to South Korea

Champions out as Germany lose 239/1 thriller to South Korea

Mexico fans went insane following South Korea's late goals against Germany, having feared they could be set to crash out of the tournament despite a scintillating start to the campaign.

Five minutes later, South Korea dealt the killer blow as Se-Jong Ju rounded Manuel Neuer - who was high up the field - before setting Heung-Min Son away, and he slotted home into an open net to send Germany crashing out at the World Cup group stage for the first time since 1938.

"We were eliminated not because we didn't want to win but we never had the chance to take a lead at any point - we were always lagging behind, trying to keep up". The disappointment is deep inside me.

Sweden topped the group after a 3-0 win against Mexico, who join them in the next round despite the heavy defeat.

Germany's last-gasp 2-1 win over Sweden in its previous match was understandably considered by many to be the type of result that would get them going after a 1-0 loss to Mexico but it ended up meaning little.

Even in victory, the South Koreas struggled to compose themselves following a 2-0 win that knocked the defending champion Germans out of the tournament.

"We had a good training camp", Low added. "The players had been heavily criticized and it would have been painful to live through all that".

"I only found out about the Mexico-Sweden result after our game", he said. South Korea tacked on an empty netter moments later to seal Germany's fate.

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Mats Hummels headed over the top when unmarked six yards out in the closing stages, before South Korea's two late goals.

That's when South Korea stepped up.

Though South Korea were still eliminated from knockout contention, Jo was named the well-deserved Man of the Match.

Four-times champions and four-times runners-up, Germany were heavily backed to retain their title and add another triumph to Loew's long list of honours. South Korea, on three, finished third, ahead of Germany on goal difference.

Kim was not so profligate when he fired home from close range - although he was initially given offside before a VAR review sparked renewed celebrations - and Son completed the job.

"It is a really, really bitter evening for us", admitted Hummels, who squandered a late chance when he headed over.

Sweden swept through second half goals from Augustinsson (50'), Granqvist 62nd penalty kick and an own goal by Alvarez in the 74th minute. However, neither team seriously threatened to score and the only risky 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.

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