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South Koreans become Mexican heroes

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"We showed we are able to play against the reigning champions all the way with the exception of the final 10 seconds".

In Germany's second game of the World Cup against Sweden, Toni Kroos mistake led to Ola Toivonen's opening goal but Kroos had the last laugh when he whipped home a brilliant injury-time victor.

Ozil was subject to heavy criticism throughout Germany's 2018 World Cup campaign, and was subsequently dropped for the 2-1 win over Sweden last week.

Few had given the Koreans any chance of winning, with some bookmakers offering odds of 100-1 on a 2-0 win, but two stoppage-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min in Kazan made the difference.

Mexican airline Aeromexico announced a 20 percent discount on its Korean flights, saying: "We love you Korea!" Germany, whom many had pegged a pre-tournament favourites, had looked very shaky in all of their games and most certainly did not look like the power house side we are used to seeing. South Korea and Germany came in third and fourth, respectively, with three points apiece.

A questionable celebration by German players near the Swedish bench added to the disappointment.

Germany coach Joachim Loew said his players will be wary of the speed and pace of their opponents to avoid getting caught on the break.


"Who cares we won't make it to the round of 16?"

"In the end we did not do enough", the midfielder said.

Ludwig Augustinsson put the Swedes ahead five minutes into the second half before Marcus Berg won a penalty and Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist, who scored the victor from the spot against South Korea, stepped up to take it.

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

The embassy was bombarded by phone calls thanking South Koreans, Korea's Yonhap news agency said, including one from Mexico's undersecretary for foreign affairs.

The Germans had a number of chances but could not convert them to goals.

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