Germany sent packing from World Cup during group stages

Germany v  s South Korea

Germany v s South Korea

Mexico fans went insane following South Korea's late goals against Germany, having feared they could be set to crash out of the tournament despite a scintillating start to the campaign.

The four-time winners, who lifted the trophy in 2014, had not exited a World Cup in the first round since 1938 but suffered a humiliating early exit after failing to find the crucial breakthrough. The two matches were played at the same time, one in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and the other in Kazan, Russia.

Mexican football fans partied at the Korean embassy in Mexico City on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time), personally thanking the Korean ambassador for his nation's shock 2-0 Fifa World Cup victory over Germany.

Germany is out of the World Cup, the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated during the group stages.

Sweden's 3-0 win over Mexico in the group's other match meant the pair advanced on six points apiece. However, the feeling is Ozil will return against South Korea, with Draxler, who has failed to impress in two straight starts, set to miss out. As it turned out, South Korea's win kept Mexico in the competition. "The situation is very hard to put into words". "We believed until the end today".

"We need to congratulate our opponents", Loew said.

South Korea head coach Shin Tae-yong stuck to the 4-4-2 system for the second straight match but made a few lineup changes for the third straight match.

Colombia feeling pressure of potential early World Cup exit
Japan and Senegal meet in the second match, each coming into the game on the back of a 2-1 win and co-leading Group H. In their final group games on Thursday, Senegal will face Colombia in Samara while Japan plays Poland in Volgograd.

Mexico's 2018 World Cup was dangerously close to coming to a heartbreaking ending.

And having committed men forward in an increasingly desperate search for the three points - just one goal would have sufficed with Sweden beating Mexico 3-0 - they were inevitably caught late on with Kim Young-Gwon scoring in the 92nd minute.

However, don't think that South Korean fans weren't celebrating the Pyrrhic victory over Germany.

Germany are the first of the favourites to be knocked out, after Spain, Portugal and Argentina all scraped through the group stage.

Mexico fans tensely watch as their team falls apart against Sweden. "I'm incredibly disappointed by this elimination". Les Bleus were reigning World and European champions at the time and were tipped to continue their dominance, not least because their group featured World Cup debutants Senegal, Uruguay in their first World Cup since 1990, and Denmark.

Gomez had a decent header stopped by goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo in the 68th minute and could not properly connect with a low cross from Joshua Kimmich in the 72nd as Germany's hopes vanished.

The Germans dominated possession as expected, but even with all the attacking talent on the pitch, they struggled to carve out chances in the opening 20 minutes.

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