South Korea ends World Cup with mixed feelings

South Korea ends World Cup with mixed feelings

Injury-time goals by Kim Young-won and Tottenham's Son Heung-min sentenced the reigning champions to a humiliating group stage exit for the first time in their history.

After Sweden took its lead, and with a heavily favoured German side still sitting scoreless with South Korea, El Tri was just one German goal away from elimination, despite winning its first two matches of the group stage.

A defeat to Mexico set the tone for their campaign, and although they managed a dramatic last-gasp win over Sweden, their loss to South Korea proved costly. South Korea tacked on an empty netter moments later to seal Germany's fate.

The result means that Germany finished at the bottom of Group F. South Korea is also going home, but they're doing so in style: in addition to comfortably beating the side many had tipped to go back-to-back, their win confirmed Mexico and Sweden will progress to the Round of 16.

Instead, they will head home after a scarcely believable failure, having been unable to break down the South Koreans and after a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opening group match.

Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored a goal each for Brazil and the five-time champions will next face Mexico in the round of 16 on Monday in Samara.

South Korea also avoided another shameful record in their history book as the latest result didn't lead up to four consecutive defeats in worldwide matches, which would have been the first time for the senior national football team. I couldn't imagine that we would lose to South Korea.

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"We decided in the DFB executive committee before the World Cup to offer a contract extension", DFB boss Reinhard Grindel told Frankfurt-based newspaper FAZ.

Ozil has been heavily criticised throughout the tournament and was dropped for the 2-1 win over Sweden last week.

Despite being flagged offside initially, the goal was eventually given after VAR got involved, with the final touch before the goal actually coming off a German player.

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

He said: "Until quite recently, we have probably been the most consistent, in terms of performance, team in the past 10, 12 years".

Toni Kroos tried to spark his side but was denied by Cho Hyun-woo in the 88th minute, one of a number of fine saves by the South Korean keeper.

The Group F side left fans around the world in awe after failing to score a goal against South Korea in their third clash in Russian Federation.

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