Germans put courageous face on soccer defeat as their world wobbles

Germany fans cheer on their team ahead of Sweden clash

It was also further evidence - coupled with a 1-0 victory over reigning world champions Germany - that Mexico can erase the pain of recent history.

Yet, it was Korea that opened the scoring in stoppage time, courtesy of Kim Young-gwon.

This was probably the most painful loss for South Korea at Russian Federation 2018.

Sweden finished atop Group F with its impressive display and six points.

South Korea will be relying on Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min if they are to make it to the next round. We allowed them to score three goals which is too many. Outside the South Korean embassy in Mexico City, fans chanted "Corea, hermano, ya eres Mexicano", which translates to "Korea, brother, you're now Mexican".

Of course, the Second World War broke out just a year later and thus Italy remarkably remained champions for a grand total of 12 years, not relinquishing the title until the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, where it was won by Uruguay. "Our flights from Mexico to Korea have a 20% discount".

The Germans were masters of their own downfall, and have accepted their exit gracefully, but some among them may rue missed chances and the "curse" of the defending champions. Scorching heat in Rostov-on-Don drove the temperature as high as 35 degrees Celsius, about 15 degrees higher than South Korea's base camp in Saint Petersburg.

Suarez's Goal Books Uruguay's Place in FIFA WC Knockout Rounds
Uruguay will lock horns with Saudi Arabia in Group A match at Rostov Arena Rostov-On-Don on Wednesday. Suarez's 23rd minute goal has booked Uruguay's place in the World Cup knockout rounds.

After a draw against Switzerland in their opening match, Brazil's in a groove again, winning two in a row, including Wednesday's game against Serbia 2-0. "The hope of Mexico", reads one comment. He became unavailable for the next match against Germany with a left calf injury.

Germans started adjusting to a new world on Thursday, brushing off any notion that a shock humiliation in the soccer World Cup, which coincides with a rare moment of political instability, was symptomatic of national decline.

However, Mexico still advances to the next round in second spot thanks to Germany's defeat.

This win for Korea sent the Germans crashing out of the tournament, which ultimately saved Mexico in the process. South Korea had a slim chance, but they made a decision to go for it. But Sweden also unexpectedly blanked Mexico 3-0.

Germany were having 70 percent of ball possession throughout the match, but they couldn't finish.

South Korea's team, the deus ex machina, scored twice in the final minutes of the game against Germany.

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