Korea Knocks out Germany in 2-0 Upset

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It was a dramatic turnaround in fortunes for the team widely tipped to challenge for the title, following their triumph in Brazil four years ago and Confederations Cup win in Russian Federation last year with largely a second-string team.

According to reports, South Korean K-pop kings BTS also reaped the spoils of the result, with their hit single "Fake Love" surging up the iTunes Mexico chart 31 places after the game.

His manager has not been one of those to criticise him, however, and has even jumped to his defence, saying that criticism of him alone is harsh, considering how poorly the entire team played. "We believed until the end today".

"Thank you Korea. I don't even know quite where it is, but thank you, thank you".

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.

Mexico were the dominant forces coming to the match as they had beaten Germany 1-0 in their Group F opener.

"It's a dark day for German football", Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said.

Take a look at some loving tweets from the Mexican fans below. They were still in position to advance despite trailing Sweden, but they were waiting - some with tears in their eyes - for Germany to do the inevitable and ruin their chances of moving on. South Korea had pulled off a miracle. It was first ruled as offside, but following a video review, the referee concluded that South Korea just had scored their second goal of the tournament. And Son Heung-min scored on a long cross from Ju Se-jong on an empty net.

Mexico are stuck playing group E winners and five-time world champions Brazil.

"There was no game where we could you say we played the style we used to play and we expect to play".

He added: "We want to accomplish the impossible". It happened to other nations before. "We deserved to be eliminated".

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

That was the problem, for Germany.