Holders Germany knocked out of World Cup 2018

South Korea vs. Germany: World Cup highlights and recap

While the Germans were clumsy in front of goal, Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min scored late while their teammates defended superbly with last-minute tackles and hard collective work.

"Throughout the 88-year history of the World Cup, Germany had always been a hero", the daily said.

One of the pre-tournament favourites going into the World Cup, Germany were brought back down to reality in the first game as they were shocked 1-0 by Mexico thanks to a goal from Hirving Lozano.

Loew struggled to explain it. "It was a bit of overconfidence ahead of Mexico - that we can press the button and win". It will take me some hours now to come to terms with it.

The Korea Football Association said, "The fighting spirit of the national team that never gives up had moved the whole nation". "We have to apologise for that".

"Individually speaking they are a lot stronger than us, but I believe we can do it". They blanked Serbia 2-0 in Moscow to win Group F. Switzerland and Costa Rica duelled to a 2-2 tie in Nizhny Novgorod that ensured the Swiss would advance and the Ticos wouldn't go home as the only team not to score.

Once the Swedes had taken the lead in their concurrent match, the equation grew grim for Germany. The team's bad luck in Russian Federation continued Wednesday, as Mats Hummels was unable to put away a free header from 6 yards out late in the match.

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Hummels had a free header from six yards out but the ball ended up striking his shoulder and the chance was gone.

The four-time winners peppered the South Korean goal throughout the final group game but a combination of blocks and heroic saves from goalkeeper Cho Hyun-Woo kept the score level after 90 minutes.

"For us it's a huge disappointment".

Germany is out of the World Cup. "Only the World Cup could make this happen".

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.

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

It will be our last-ditch effort, but whether we go to the round of 16 or not we will do our utmost to win tomorrow's game.

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