Germany knocked out of World Cup by South Korea

REUTERS  Hannah McKay

REUTERS Hannah McKay

Stay tuned, World Cup fans: There's more drama to come Wednesday, with two games scheduled.

Sweden beat Mexico 3-0, but both teams qualify for the knockout stages.

South Korea, led by head coach Shin Tae-yong, entered Russian Federation as certain underdogs in their group. It was a stunning result, both for the team that had come to Russian Federation as the world's No. 1 and for South Korea, which wasn't listed in the top 50 when this tournament began.

This was probably the most painful loss for South Korea at Russian Federation 2018.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson spoke of his pride after his side topped the group with second-half goals from Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist and an own goal from Edson Alvarez.

Predicted Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Hyun-Woo; Yong, Hyun-Soo, Young-Gwon, Min-Woo; Jae-Sung, Se-Jong; Seon-Min, Heung-Min, Hee-Chan; Shin-Wook. The reward for their failure is a much longer holiday than expected, but that won't outweigh the shock of delivering the nation's worst World Cup since 1938.

"Too slow in possession, too many touches. Our World Cup nightmare has come true" German paper the Berliner describes their shock exit as an "embarrassment" and has questioned Joachim Low's future as manager Siegel's home page reads "It is a historic disgrace!"

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The loose ball bounced just to his left, but Neuer barely beat Son Heung-min to it and punched it out of harm's way. With some 30,000 Mexican fans in the 45,000-seat stadium, it was not exaggerating to say that Rostov Arena was El Tri's home.

The 2-0 correct score was matched at a huge [240.0] on the Exchange, with South Korea trading at a high of [25.0] in the match odds market.

Some Mexican fans pledged their love to South Korea.

South Korea went physical in this match, committing 24 fouls, and receiving four yellow cards.

Son also wore the captain's armband, with the incumbent Ki Sung-yueng sidelined with a calf injury.

As you can imagine, fans went wild over South Korea's incredible win, which kept the defending World Cup winners from advancing.

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Even with two straight losses, however, South Korea had not given up their hopes for the round of 16.

There were a plethora of permutations in Group F ahead of kickoff but Germany started in Kazan knowing that a victory by two goals would be enough to progress, regardless of what happened in Mexico vs. Sweden in Yekaterinburg.

As both games entered stoppage time, it became clear that the outcome of Germany-South Korea would determine Mexico's fate.

Against Germany, South Korea stuck to a counter-attacking strategy with Son upfront, supported by Koo Ja-cheol behind. His acrobatic save to stop Leon Goretzka's header midway through the second half was outstanding. They were pedestrian throughout the game and even in the closing stages, showed little urgency and desire to win the game.

Thus, we can expect Joachim Low to make several changes from the team that won against Sweden.

Germany will brace themselves for a tough fight as they meet South Korea in their final group game. Kim Young-gwon made 1-0 with his close range strike following a corner kick situation.

Once Kim scored, Germany's goalie, Manuel Neuer, got on the field in a last-ditch attempt to score.

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