Mexico fans laud South Korea for sealing team's place in last 16


FOOTBALL fans in Mexico have an unlikely favourite new team: South Korea. Sweden and Germany both had three points, and South Korea had zero.

'I think first of all we need to congratulate our two opponents who have made it out of the group.

Germany shocked the world when they were knocked out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday, following their 2-0 defeat to Korea Republic. I can't imagine a situation where I stand in front of the group of players I have got and start talking to them about anything else.

South Korea's already slim chances have taken a hit in the buildup to the match when captain Ki Sung-yueng was ruled out with a left calf injury.

The president of the German Football Association (DFB) expects there to be changes in the squad after the tournament in Russian Federation but insists Loew, 58, will oversee the grooming of the next generation.

The debate in the run-up to the Belgium clash has centred around whether winning to secure top spot in the group would be beneficial, with avoiding a potential quarter-final against defending champions Germany the focus of media attention. We'll know who overcomes it four years later.

Their failure was celebrated widely in Russian Federation with fans and neutrals in the metro, Fifa Fan Fest and stadiums celebrating their inability to beat South Korea.

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The 26-year-old was getting just his seventh cap in that match and did not play again. "We are very grateful", said Pablo Gonzalez, 45.

Germany have three points from two games, while South Korea are now last in Group F with two losses, but they still have a chance to advance to the Round of 16.

Following the game, under-pressure Germany boss Joachim Loew refused to pin the blame for the defeat on Ozil.

Germany salvaged its chances of advancing with Toni Kroos' injury-time victor on Saturday.

Germany captain Manuel Neuer, Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist, Mexico captain Andrés Guardado and South Korea striker Son Heung-min.

It ends any chance of England facing off against their historical rivals - and ensures they outlast them at a World Cup finals until 1966.