Meanwhile, Sweden finished top of Group F on goal difference after the win against Mexico, with both teams on six points. After South Korea's two losses to Mexico and Sweden, fans back home unleashed a wave of vitriol on the entire team. Despite high expectations that Mexico would win, Sweden defeated Mexico 3-0 to advance to the knockout stage as the victor of Group F.
Just when the 2018 World Cup was in danger of turning into a nightmare for South Korea, the team defeated world champion Germany 2-0 in an unbelievable Wednesday afternoon in Kazan.
Swiss substitute Josip Drmic scored what looked to be the match-winning goal with a confident finish with two minutes of regular time remaining, before Costa Rica were awarded a late penalty in stoppage time.
The four-time winners came to Russian Federation as one of the favourites but became the fourth side this century to lose in the group stage after winning the previous tournament following a 2-0 defeat against unfancied South Korea. But Germany came out with an uninspired effort against South Korea, and its failure came in especially gut-wrenching fashion.
"I'm shocked because we didn't manage to pull it off and beat South Korea".
The Germans panicked - three minutes into a 5-minute stoppage time, and needing to score twice, they threw everything at the South Koreans, as Manuel Neuer left his area in a desperate attempt to add something, anything. The Germans were realizing this was not going to be a walk in the park especially as the Taeguk Warriors were looking more defensively solid than in their first two games. Shortly before the World Cup he extended his contract until 2022.
Germany were heading out anyway at 0-0 in injury time, but things got even worse when Kim Young-Gwon's strike was eventually given following a VAR referral. Sweden fans were pictured in the background of the video - their side will face Switzerland in the last 16 after Wednesday's results.
The teams were scoreless in the tiresome opening half.
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. South Korea have smaller players, very fast players.
The loose ball bounced just to his left, but Neuer barely beat Son Heung-min to it and punched it out of harm's way. The Germany keeper bobbled the ball and needed to swipe the rebound away from the attackers after a spectacular dive.
The second came not long after.
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