Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

[Newsmaker] S. Korean keeper remains humble after blanking Germany

[Newsmaker] S. Korean keeper remains humble after blanking Germany

Germany's departure makes it the fourth champion in the past five World Cup to be eliminated in the group stage, joining Spain, Italy and France.

The World Cup can throw up some weird and wonderful scenes, not least in Mexico City when locals hoisted the South Korean envoy onto their shoulders after his country's stunning win against Germany.

With Sweden winning 3-0 against Mexico in the other Group F game, and it being goalless in Kazan, Germany knew they had to score in a frantic finish.

In the event, South Korea's late goals handed them a famous win and confirmed passage to the knockout stages for Mexico and Sweden, sending Germany crashing out.

South Korea went into the match with no points from their opening two games after losing 1-0 to Sweden and 2-1 to Mexico.

It is the first time in six tournaments in charge that the coach has failed to guide Germany to the semi-finals.

Germany, champions of the 2014 World Cup, have been eliminated from the 2018 edition after a phenomenally brutal loss to South Korea.

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"We had a lot of chances, even me I should have scored in the 87th (minute)". 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.

Germany's team manager Oliver Bierhoff, also a director at the German football federation (DFB), said he believed Loew would not resign following their shock elimination in the group stage.

Germany is out of the World Cup. In Germany we had chances, but shot Goretzki handled by the goalkeeper, and Werner and Hummels from a killer position did not hit the target.

"We didn't deserve to win the title again and we didn't deserve to progress to the round of 16".

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.

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

South Korea, for its part, needed a miracle to qualify for the next round; in the end, although neither side qualified, it was a match that will be remembered for years to come in the Asian nation.

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