Shock Germany win 'shook South Korea upside down'

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The result sparked huge celebrations among the legions of Mexican fans in Russian Federation, and also back home in Mexico City, not least when locals mobbed the South Korean embassy and hoisted the ambassador onto their shoulders, before marching him around in thanks for his team's heroics in helping Mexico into the last 16.

Kim Young-Gwon gave the Koreans the lead in stoppage time with a close-range strike that was referred to the video assistant referee (VAR) before being confirmed.

Germany, the 2014 champions, Confederations Cup champions and FIFA's top-ranked team, were eliminated at the first hurdle for the first time since 1938.

South Korea take on Germany in Kazan on Wednesday afternoon, and it is still possible for both teams to make it to the last 16 of the World Cup.

Mexican fans in Russian Federation for the World Cup also expressed their gratitude to one South Korean they found outside the stadium in Ekaterinburg following the defeat to Sweden.

Germany went into the match second in Group F by virtue of a superior head-to-head record over Sweden, but have been dumped out of the World Cup after the Scandinavians beat Mexico 3-0. South Korea were also eliminated despite the victory.

The four-time winners peppered the South Korean goal throughout the final group game but a combination of blocks and heroic saves from goalkeeper Cho Hyun-Woo kept the score level after 90 minutes.

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"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.

Mexico football fans party at the Korean embassy in Mexico City.

Had it not been for Heung-min Son's late goal for South Korea against Mexico, the latter would've had a far more deserving scoreline in their victory, with the Asian outfit struggling initially in the tournament. Mexico lost to Sweden 0-3 on Wednesday, but Germany's loss sent Mexico through to the next round.

Still, South Korea's win was splashed on the front page of nearly every newspaper in the country.

But should we be surprised at Germany's exit from the competition at such an early stage? "I'm incredibly disappointed by this elimination". Suele made his first World Cup appearance as a replacement for Jerome Boateng. "I'm shocked, I'm shocked because we didn't manage to pull it off today".

Gomez had a decent header stopped by goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo in the 68th minute and could not properly connect with a low cross from Joshua Kimmich in the 72nd as Germany's hopes vanished. Time was running out when Matt Hummels headed over when free in the area and again and again Korea fund itself in good counter positions but just could not create that chance.

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