South Korea Shocks Germany 2-0, Sending World Cup Champs Packing

Hope Soto
June 29, 2018

It was assumed that Germany would beat South Korea, and that Mexico would beat Sweden, but football is a amusing old game.

Son Heung-min made it 2-0 later in stoppage time.

South Koreans on Thursday spoke of pride and heartbreak after watching their national soccer team knock off defending champions Germany in the biggest upset of this year's World Cup, but one that still failed to qualify them for the next round. We might have just witnessed the moment of the tournament, however.

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

South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong hailed the unfancied Asians' momentous 2-0 World Cup victory over holders Germany on Wednesday but admitted it left him feeling "a little bit empty".

It means Germany's hopes of becoming the first team to retain the World Cup since Brazil's victories in 1958 and 1962 ended in embarrassing fashion. We've done very well and we're happy and we deserved to win.

From 30 yards out, it should have been fodder for World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but after fumbling Jung's dipping drive Neuer scrambled desperately to clear as Son raced to pounce.

"We didn't make it to the round of 16. but we sent the world number one packing", said a headline in Seoul's major Dong-A daily.

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

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Goretza nearly put Germany in front two minutes after the restart but was thwarted by a superb stop from Jo Hyeon-Woo - and then news filtered through of Ludwig Augustinsson's opener for Sweden.

Sure, the Germans may have enjoyed 70 per cent possession and had 26 efforts on goal to their opponents' 11, but - especially in the first half - it was the South Koreans who arguably posed a greater threat.

"This is how South Korea should always play - build a solid defense first and attack with pace and objective on the counters", said Kim, now a scouting director for South Korean club FC Seoul.

The mood in the dressing room must have been extraordinarily low and while Germany knew they needed to match Sweden's result, they can't have predicted today's events unfolding as they did.

The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but the decision was overturned following a video review.

"I thought we could use that as a reverse strategy and that has really hit the nail on the head".

After pressing hard for most of the first half and wasting numerous chances, Sweden finally found the net when left back Ludwig Augustinsson charged up the field in the 50th minute and angled home a left-footed volley.

He added: "We believed in it until the very end, we tried to shoot, but we just couldn't get the ball in".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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