Germany gets knocked out, Mexico advances

Heung-min Son

Their fate was not as embarrassing as Italy's, though - the four time World Cup champions failed to qualify as they suffered a 1-0 loss over two legs to Sweden in the autumn.

It was also the first time an Asian team had defeated a reigning world champion at a World Cup and the first time South Korea had defeated European opposition when the tournament was held on European soil.

Despite enduring what has thus far been a frustrating World Cup, Timo Werner will now hope to end his wait for a first goal at a major tournament here against what is the weakest opponents Germany have faced so far in Russian Federation. South Korea lost that match 1-0, and that's only because Jo made some outstanding saves to keep it a one-goal game.

Mexico fans went insane following South Korea's late goals against Germany, having feared they could be set to crash out of the tournament despite a scintillating start to the campaign.

Some Mexico fans went beyond cheering while watching the action unfold television, either by waving South Korean flags or finding South Korea supporters and thanking them in person with chants and in some cases carrying them like conquering heroes.

TRT World 's Paul Scott brings the latest updates from Kaliningrad in Russian Federation.

It was the first time Germany has been knocked out in the first round since 1938, though the team was not allowed to enter the 1950 tournament.

Kim Young-gwon's 92nd-minute goal, awarded after a video assistant referee decision, left four-time winners Germany on the brink of elimination.

Defender Mats Hummels admitted Germany's group stage exit was a "bitter" shock.

Sweden's 3-0 win over Mexico in the group's other match meant the pair advanced on six points apiece.

After defeats to Sweden and Mexico, South Korea were expected to bow out of the tournament against a Germany side who needed a win, but a major surprise occurred in Kazan.

After pressing hard for most of the first half and wasting numerous chances, Sweden finally found the net when left back Ludwig Augustinsson charged up the field in the 50th minute and angled home a left-footed volley.

Mexico's misery was complete when the ball trickled in off the leg of Edson Alvarez for a tame own goal on 74 minutes. "For us, this is a huge disappointment". The two matches were played at the same time, one in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and the other in Kazan, Russia. "We need to talk about it calmly and I think it will take some hours for us to come to terms with it".

Numerous players have come under fire for their displays and Mesut Ozil's dejected manner at the final whistle wasn't enough to spare him a barrage of criticism.

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