Still a glimmer of hope for South Korea at World Cup

REUTERS  Hannah McKay

Given the fact that we played so well in the past, I left the scheme, which gave the result. If Germany defeats South Korea in Kazan and Sweden simultaneously tops Mexico, three teams would finish with six points, sending it to tiebreakers that start with the best goal differential.

'I think first of all we need to congratulate our two opponents who have made it out of the group.

South Korea goalkeeper Jo Hyun-woo makes a save from a shot by Germany's Leon Goretzka, hidden behind, during the group F match between South Korea and Germany at the World Cup match in Kazan on Wednesday.

He said: "It wasn't only Ozil, a number of other players didn't perform as they normally would".

Videos posted on social media also showed ambassador Kim Sang-il sharing a bottle of tequila with fans and jumping up and down as the crowd partied outside the embassy, chanting "Korean brother, now you're Mexican!"

With that, Germany have officially succumbed to the champions curse. Germany, whom many had pegged a pre-tournament favourites, had looked very shaky in all of their games and most certainly did not look like the power house side we are used to seeing.

But Sweden poured in three goals against them in the second half, not only putting themselves atop the group, but putting Mexico in danger of missing out on advancing altogether.

Sport often tends to sympathize with the underdogs and it is for that reason that South Korea enjoyed a huge backing not just in the Spartak Stadium but throughout the country. El Tri was on the brink of elimination if Germany had beaten South Korea. Let us know in the comments section below.

"Actually not everything has gone as planned in this group for us", Shin said.

So, are Mexico and South Korea now the unlikeliest of best friends?

It ends any chance of England facing off against their historical rivals - and ensures they outlast them at a World Cup finals until 1966.

In 2002, the Asians joint-hosted the tournament with Japan and finished in fourth place.

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