Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

South Koreans express pride, heartbreak after Germany win

South Koreans express pride, heartbreak after Germany win

The 2018 World Cup tournament has had a lot of drama already, but the holders Germany going out in the group stages is the biggest story yet.

Kim Hyun-tae, who was South Korea's goalkeeper coach for the World Cups in 2002 and 2010, the only times the country made it to the knockout stages, said the win over Germany was crucial because it restored confidence in the future of South Korean soccer.

But nothing went according to Loew's plans this month, and Germany, which had reached the semifinal of every major tournament since 2006, exited on the back of a humiliating 2-0 loss to South Korea, failing to make it past the opening round for the first time since 1938. He said: "I had the feeling that there was perhaps a certain arrogance before the Mexico game (within the camp) - like we would be able to react at the touch of a button when it all starts". "The last game we delivered a good performance was in the autumn of 2017". "He has done an excellent job over many years, integrating many young players into the team".

With their three goals, Sweden finished atop the group and will play group E runners-up Switzerland. "We were 2 minutes away from winning £2 million and we ended up losing £4 million", William Hill told Gambling Insider.

Mexico will try to come up with another highlight in the last 16, but El Tri will need a lot more than luck as the team clashes with a tough Brazil team on Monday, July 2. "It is about strengthening and moving forward for us".

But to say he is exclusively to blame for Germany's exit is ludicrous. Groups of Mexicans were still chanting "Korea, Korea", as they left the arena.

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After failing to fire in their opening match in Russian Federation, a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, Brazil appear to be finding their normal fluency with each match as they go in search of a sixth World Cup.

In the first game against Mexico, Toni Kroos had the option of passing to Marvin Plattenhardt but wouldn't do so, as he apparently didn't trust him.

"We can take the pressure, we are a balanced team and for us, this is about getting stronger and growing", the Brazil boss said.

"I've always tried to take responsibility, always tried to take the team".

From the next generation of Germany starlets he unearthed at the Confederations Cup, only Timo Werner and Joshua Kimmich were rewarded with regular spots in the senior team.

The DFB president announced "far-reaching changes" in German football and added he wants to synchronise them with the German league (DFL) after Bundesliga clubs also disappointed in the European club competitions over the past few years.

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