Mexican fans thank South Korea for progressing in World Cup

Mexican fans thank South Korea for progressing in World Cup

Mexican fans thank South Korea for progressing in World Cup

Germany shocked the world when they were knocked out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday, following their 2-0 defeat to Korea Republic. A scoreless draw with Uruguay was followed by a 2-0 defeat to Denmark as Les Bleus put up a limp title defence.

That is, unless winless South Korea somehow managed to avoid defeat by Germany and erase the possibility of a three-way tie for the group, which Mexico would have lost on goal difference.

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"I went from crying to laughing", said Cecilia Gonzalez, a 22-year-old student who was celebrating the outcome of the rollercoaster ride with tequila.

You would have thought they could have dealt with it, but in trying to throw everything at getting that late goal against South Korea they ended up conceding two late goals themselves and that was that.

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In downtown Mexico City where the game was shown, Mexicans gave an impromptu parade for a South Korean man who just happened to be there.

A Korean member of the diplomatic staff was raised onto the shoulders of the crowd, which shouted "Korean, brother, now you're Mexican".

Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil, both of Turkish origin, sparked a storm of controversy when they posed for pictures with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London last month, prompting angry fans to question their loyalty to the national team. My expectations were so high.

The Germans continued at the same pedestrian pace after halftime and Ozil had another poor display, with many of his passes uncompleted.

It could have been worse for Mexico, who started badly and never recovered, and Sweden were denied what looked a strong call for a penalty on 30 minutes. "Luckily the Koreans did us a favor", said Alan Gonzalez, 29, a lawyer.

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Mexico next faces the victor of Group E and, Alcocer concedes, "We have to be more careful about everything".

Mexicans were left praying for their good luck to continue. "But we sent the world number one packing", said a headline in Seoul's major Dong-A daily.

"This is a country that grinds to a halt for football".

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