South Korea ends World Cup with mixed feelings

South Korea ends World Cup with mixed feelings

So, it was not to be a fairy-tale for Korea Republic with the win ultimately being in vain, as Sweden's 3-0 win over Mexico in Ekaterinburg saw those two sides progress to the knockout round. "But we won't get carried away with that bit of success, and we'll continue to work hard". "I hope we can build on that, manage to improve and do better in the future".

Sweden's three-goal success has seen them win the group, while Mexico have gone through in second due to Germany's 2-0 defeat to South Korea. Following their match against Sweden, Mexico's faithful turned their attention to the end of South Korea's game in Kazan.

It was, though, a bittersweet success for the Koreans, who exited the tournament despite recording their first success over the Germans at a World Cup as Sweden and Mexico advanced.

"We had a good training camp", Low added.

From 30 yards out, it should have been fodder for World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but after fumbling Jung's dipping drive Neuer scrambled desperately to clear as Son raced to pounce.

"I'm shocked", German coach Joachim Low said afterward.

South Korea's superstar Son Heung-min found the ball in Germany's half and slotted it into their unattended net.

Timo Werner went close shortly after that following excellent interplay between Mesut Ozil and Marco Reus, as Germany started to push forward with greater objective.

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South Korea will be one of the favourites to win the tournament, which begins in early January and runs until early February - which is a blow for Tottenham Hotspur.

South Korea sealed Die Mannschaft's fate with a 2-0 victory, VAR awarding Kim Young-gwon a goal which was initially ruled out for offside, though replays showed Toni Kroos had taken a touch.

The goal, a seemingly meaningless one from South Korea's side, elicited a big reaction.

South Korea had the two best chances of the opening period, the first coming in the 19th minute as Neuer was almost made to pay for a awful error.

The normally rock solid Neuer spilled a free kick in the first half but his counterpart, Jo Hyeon-woo, didn't put a foot wrong.

And Neuer, who only returned from injury in time to captain Germany at this World Cup, insists Die Mannschaft can not dwell on past achievements.

"It is a really, really bitter evening for us", defender Mats Hummels told German broadcaster ZDF.

Sweden took the lead in the 50th minute, with fullback Ludwig Augustinsson marauding in at the far post and confidently drilling home for his first worldwide strike.

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