Mesut Ozil clashes with Germany fans following shock World Cup 2018 exit

30 June, 2018, 13:58 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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FOOTBALL fans in Mexico have an unlikely favourite new team: South Korea.

Fittingly it was just as well that the World Cup's biggest story was sealed with the VAR system.

Lest we forget, the 7-1 annihilation of Brazil by Germany at the 2014 World Cup in Belo Horizonte will never be forgotten and followers of the Selecao wouldn't lose sleep over any form of misfortune that befalls the four-time winners.

Germans shook their heads in disbelief Wednesday after their defending champion team was eliminated from the group stage of the World Cup in a 2-0 loss to South Korea.

Shin said he had assumed in his planning that Germany would have already qualified by the time this fixture came around and the fact that the world champions still need a win would make them a much more hard proposition. Meanwhile, down by two goals against Sweden, Mexican fans turned to the other match to learn their fate.

That means the two games he featured in ended in losses, with Germany failing to score when he was on the pitch.

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Groups of Mexicans were still chanting "Korea, Korea", as they left the arena. There is a lot of energy and emotions but we want to be positive and concentrate on the right stuff. South Korea and Germany came in third and fourth, respectively, with three points apiece. "We are very grateful", said Pablo Gonzalez, 45.

Low and his players will return to Germany on Thursday, but with the coach dismissing suggestions that dark times could lie ahead. Germany has conceded goals in its past seven matches and has been vulnerable to counterattacks since the start of the tournament.

Grateful Mexicans gathered at the embassy after South Korea's win secured Mexico's place in the round of 16 in Russian Federation.

But Sweden poured in three goals against them in the second half, not only putting themselves atop the group, but putting Mexico in danger of missing out on advancing altogether.

Having apparently rescued their tournament with a last-gasp victor against Sweden in their second match, Low was convinced they would go on to beat the winless South Koreans and qualify.

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