Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Historic Germany win leaves South Korea coach feeling 'empty'

Historic Germany win leaves South Korea coach feeling 'empty'

"It's very, very hard to put it into words", said Germany defender Mats Hummels, a member of the team that won in Brazil four years ago.

"I can't believe it, my pulse was 180 the whole game, but they deserved to lose", she said. "Even when it was 0-1, I think we kept trying to turn it all around".

Mexico will aim to cement their place at the top of Group F while Sweden will battle for survival in what could be a tricky World Cup clash at the Ekaterinburg Arena on Wednesday.

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

Germany salvaged its chances of advancing with Toni Kroos' injury-time victor on Saturday.

Even in Yekaterinburg, almost 500 miles away, the Mexican fans expected Germany to score. Although it's likely that Germany will have more possession, we will do our best.

The Germans kept peppering the South Korea box with harmless crosses and it was their opponents that came close to scoring from a set piece in the 19th minute after Neuer failed to control a 25-meter free kick from Jung Woo-young.

Forward Son Heung-min, South Korea's most influential player, echoed his coach's promise that the players would be unstinting in their efforts.

Low said he was at a loss to explain what had gone wrong during the tournament but conceded there had been some arrogance in their approach to the opening match against Mexico, which they lost 1-0.

Sweden 3, Mexico 0 - At Yekaterinburg, Russia: Sweden dominated Mexico to move on to the World Cup knockout round.

Despite the loss, Mexico advanced to the round of 16 in its seven straight World Cup. However, the Korean contingent had other ideas and fired in 2 goals in stoppage time.

Heading into the day, Mexico sat atop Group F with six points (two wins in two matches). But they controlled this one.

Switzerland 2, Costa Rica 2 - At Nizhny Novgorod, Russia: Switzerland qualified for the round of 16 despite twice losing the lead in a draw with Costa Rica, which had already been eliminated.

At a news conference Tuesday in Berlin, Merkel - who is under severe domestic political pressure in a dispute over migration - was asked if she would go to the match because she might not get another chance to see coach Joachim Loew's team.

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