Grateful Mexicans party with South Korean ambassador after Germany World Cup exit

MOSCOW RUSSIA- JUNE 17 Jerome Boateng of Germany reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium

MOSCOW RUSSIA- JUNE 17 Jerome Boateng of Germany reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium

The German Football Association (DFB) has apologised to the nation the morning after Joachim Loew's side were sensationally knocked out of the World Cup with a 2-0 defeat to South Korea.

While the Germans were clumsy in front of goal, Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min scored late while their teammates defended superbly with last-minute tackles and hard collective work.

And victory over South Korea would have been enough to progress after Sweden clinched a 3-0 victory against Mexico in Nizhny Novgorod.

After a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in its opener, Germany recovered with a last-grasp win over Sweden and now hopes to build on the momentum to secure a convincing win against South Korea. Exiting the World Cup in the opening round for the first time since 1938 should do the trick.

"But we now are out and, of course, it's a case of absolute sadness and disappointment, but I think we have young players who are very talented and who have the opportunity to go forward".

The World Cup can throw up some weird and wonderful scenes, not least in Mexico City when locals hoisted the South Korean envoy onto their shoulders after his country's stunning win against Germany. "We need to draw the right conclusions". For years to come, Kazan, a city on the Volga River in southwest Russian Federation, will be associated with miracles in South Korea, and with nightmares in Germany. We will analyse what went wrong and carry on working as we always did.

Shin Tae-yong: 'South Korea could struggle against Mexico due to weather'
Mexico crushed the World Cup 2014 victor Germany, while South Korea lost to Sweden in their first matches in Group F, APA reports. Ki suffered a left calf injury during the match against Mexico and will not be available for South Korea's duel against Germany.

South Korea's already slim chances have taken a hit in the buildup to the match when captain Ki Sung-yueng was ruled out with a left calf injury. The official had to check with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) before confirming the goal, but it was good.

From 30 yards out, it should have been fodder for World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but after fumbling Jung's dipping drive Neuer scrambled desperately to clear as Son raced to pounce.

The myth was blown clean away by the defeats to Mexico, South Korea and the nervy, last-gasp win over Sweden. We had our chances and kept on playing all the time but it just didn't work.

Holding midfielder Sami Khedira - dropped after the Mexico result - was reinserted with little effect while perennial World Cup scorer Thomas Muller began on the bench.

The normally rock solid Neuer spilled a free kick in the first half but his counterpart, Jo Hyeon-woo, didn't put a foot wrong.

However, even with Ozil's restoration, Germany looked sapped of craft and ingenuity in the final third.

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