From prey to predator, Korea revels in German revenge

Danny Woods
June 28, 2018

"We have turned up with a sense of arrogance", admitted Low after Germany's exit from the competition. We just did not deserve it.

The four-time champions lost to South Korea 2-0 Wednesday, allowing a pair of injury-time goals while knowing a 1-0 victory would have been enough to advance because of the result in the other group match.

Meanwhile, Sweden finished top of Group F on goal difference after the win against Mexico, with both teams on six points.

- Son Heung-min's goal for South Korea (95:52) was the latest goal Germany have ever conceded in a World Cup match (excluding extra-time).

The good will was extended around the world, including in Madrid, as Mexico earned a last 16 date with Brazil.

And with Manuel Neuer pushed into midfield, the world champions were caught on the break when Se-jong Ju tackled the German goalkeeper and smashed the ball downfield, from which Heung-min Son wrapped up a famous victory from close-range.

Victory will confirm Brazil as group winners, but coach Tite is warning that under-fire superstar Neymar can not be expected to win the World Cup on his own and is not yet at full fitness.

Argentina and Lionel Messi will play France, who were held to a goalless draw by Denmark on Tuesday, in Kazan on Saturday in their last 16 tie.

For more than 90 minutes, the score inside Kazan Arena was 0-0 - a tantalizing opportunity for the Taeguk Warriors to seize an upset and, for German fans, a nausea-inducing dance with fate.

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"I'm so incredibly proud, moved nearly, by the thought of how we performed in the match".

The 58-year-old only recently signed a contract extension last month that would keep him as Germany manager until 2022, but following his side's group stage exit, he refused to confirm if he will remain in his post. "We need a couple of hours to see things clearly".

Jang's shift meant an opening on the backline, and Yun Young-sun made his World Cup debut as a center back next to Kim Young-gwon.

Brazil's slow start to the group continued in terms of performance, but their passage to the last 16 as Group E winners was sealed by goals in each half from Paulinho and Thiago Silva.

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.

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon joined them, tweeting on Thursday: "Reality beat our imagination today" and praising the South Korean footballers.

With time running out, Kimmich's cross evaded everyone in the box and seemed destined for the back of the net but Hyeon-Woo managed to get his body in the way, much to Germany's agony.

Son already burst into tears in Russian Federation after South Korea's 2-1 loss to Mexico.

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