Korea eliminated from World Cup, despite 2-0 win over Germany
Jun 28 2018
However, Neuer's leave from the net worked in Korea's favor, as Son finally scored a goal just three minutes after Kim's goal to extend Korea's lead.
Holders Germany crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage on Wednesday in one of the biggest shocks in the tournament's history - failing to make it past the opening round for the first time since 1938. That result put Germany in a good position to advance, as well. But the strategy did not bring much success in the first half.
South Korea did the almost unthinkable at the FIFA World Cup here on Wednesday, blanking defending champions Germany 2-0 to close out Group F action behind yet another stellar performance from goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo.
Everyone was waiting for Germany to score another late World Cup-saving goal.
News that Sweden was leading 2-0 against Mexico not only meant that Korea's hopes of progressing even with a win against Germany were dashed, but that Germany needed a victory to avoid crashing out, an incredible thought for a team that has reached the last eight in the last 16 World Cups.
Germany have now failed to qualify for the knockout stages, while Korea are also out. South Korea took advantage six minutes into the stoppage time, as Son chased down a long clearing attempt and rolled it into the gaping net.
"It's very, very hard to put it into words", said Germany defender Mats Hummels, a member of the team that won in Brazil four years ago.
Wrote one, "Korea just got Mexico to the next round of the World Cup".
The Mexican team's official beer sponsor also showed its gratitude to the South Koreans, sending their embassy in Washington several dozen crates of alcohol, along with the message: "Showing thanks to our South Korean friends as the official beer of the Mexican national football team".
Conversely, South Korea set about their task with vigour, if not always technical finesse.
"There are some things we need to correct, but I will not talk about it publicly".
Kim Young-gwon's 92nd-minute goal, awarded after a video assistant referee decision, left four-time winners Germany on the brink of elimination. "Knowing that we'd just played our last match, I got some tears in my eyes later". 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. Joshua Kimmich sent a cross to an unmarked Leon Goretzka for a header from point-blank range, and Jo soared to his right at the last minute and punched the ball out of play.
Though Germany had 26 shots attempts to South Korea's 11, they looked disjointed at times, not showing the kind of quality in the final third that has made them the No. 1-ranked team.