Starting XI of Fifa World Cup 2018 Group F match

Heung-min Son

Heung-min Son

In the other Group F match, in Ekaterinburg, Sweden clinched a 3-0 victory over Mexico, meaning a win against South Korea would have been enough for Germany to progress.

The Korean national football team celebrates after Kim Young-kwon scores the team's first goal in stoppage time against the defending champion Germany at Kazan Arena in Russian Federation on Wednesday.

"The situation is very hard to put into words", he told German broadcaster ZDF.

The first two games had brought narrow but disappointing defeats against Sweden and Mexico and criticism had been growing back in Seoul. As it turned out, South Korea's win kept Mexico in the competition. (Victorious Sweden also advanced.) Mexican fans were deliriously thankful to South Korea, sharing photos of celebrations from around the world. As a result, many Mexican fans felt gratitude and solidarity towards Korean fans and showed their excitement about their team advancing accordingly.

Wednesday was day 14 of the 2018 World Cup and will never be forgotten. They had been given hope by a very late Toni Kroos free kick to beat Sweden after a disastrous start when they lost to Mexico.

Kim Young-gwon's 92nd-minute goal, awarded after a video assistant referee decision, left four-time winners Germany on the brink of elimination.

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Still, South Korea's win was splashed on the front page of nearly every newspaper in the country. However, ultimately it was a defender, Kim Younggwon, who scored to pave the way for the South Koreans' historic triumph, before Son sealed the victory with a late second. More than £430,000 was matched on the Germans at [1.17].

Besides Germany this year, France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014 were the previous defending champions to get eliminated in the group stage.

But it was not to be - the German captain was caught in possession on the half-way line and the ball spilled out to Ju Se-jong, who punted it upfield at the vacant German goal. 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. "We need to talk about it calmly and I think it will take some hours for us to come to terms with it".

In the 47th, Joshua Kimmich set up a wide-open Leon Goretzka for a header right at the goalmouth, but Jo jumped to his right and parried it away.

Germany lost their opener 1-0 to Mexico, but then beat Sweden 2-1, thanks to Toni Kroos' 95th-minute victor to give themselves hope going into the final game.

Throughout the match, Korea managed to create chances, but struggled to convert them into a shots on goal.

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