Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

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

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

And just like that Germany's eliminated from 2018 FIFA World Cup contention in the group stage for the first time since 1938.

A Korean man is hoisted into the air by Mexican fans after South Korea's stunning World Cup win over Germany. "We beat the world champions, that's not so easy", said Luis Padilla, 29, a cafe owner in Mexico City, voicing cautious optimism that the team would continue bringing happiness to the fans back home.

Back in Russian Federation, further videos and pictures have emerged of Mexicans and Swedish supporters celebrating with South Korean fans. Now Germany are the latest victims, and it's still quite hard to believe that Die Mannschaft finished bottom of a group with Sweden, Mexico and South Korea.

South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong hailed the unfancied Asians' momentous 2-0 World Cup victory over holders Germany on Wednesday but admitted it left him feeling "a little bit empty". The defence with practically non-existent in all three games and in midfield they were only able to come up with pretty passes.

They are now joint-fourth favourites with France, behind only Brazil, Spain and group opponents Belgium.

"It wasn't only Ozil, a number of other players didn't perform as they normally would".

"We believe there will be a transition that will take place after the World Cup, regardless of the outcome of the tournament, and no one is better equipped to handle that than Jogi Loew".

"We really had the feeling that our team wanted to move ahead and qualify for the knockout stages". "As coach, I bear the responsibility and must of course ask myself why we didn't succeed".

"It's a psychological thing and the players still don't know how the play with the burden of being winners".

"We worked as a team", he said.

"We need a couple of hours to see things clearly", Loew said.

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