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Korean consul general to Mexico drinks tequila with fans at embassy

28 June 2018

Football fans have descended on the South Korean embassy in Mexico City, as the Asian nation eliminated Germany from the World Cup with a 2-0 win in Russian Federation this morning. "We had high expectations for ourselves but I don't think we could fulfil them in any of the three games", he said.

Germany became the fourth defending champion in the past five World Cup tournaments to be knocked out at the group stage.

Papa Bouba Diop's goal proved to be the catalyst for a tournament to forget, as Roger Lemerre's side stuttered to a draw against Uruguay - when Thierry Henry was sent off - before suffering defeat to Denmark in their final group game. Germany fans watch the broadcast at Saint Petersburg Fan Fest.

Having sailed through qualification with a flawless 10 wins, the writing was on the wall with just one victory in six pre-World Cup friendlies, and even then a shaky 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in the days before flying to Russian Federation. Sweden topped the group after a 3-0 win against Mexico.

Nervous Germany increased the pressure after the break and poured forward but despite a one-sided second half they could not find the back of the net before South Korea's last-gasp double.

Like France in 2002, Italy finished at the bottom of their group, with injuries and age playing its part.

"We didn't deserve to win the title again, we didn't deserve to get into the last 16".

It had a tough first match against the Netherlands to contend with, but all seemed to be going as planned when Xabi Alonso slotted in a 27th-minute penalty to give his team a 1-0 lead.

Marco Reus has insisted that Mesut Ozil is still a key player for Germany despite being dropped at the World Cup.

Second-half goals from defenders Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist from the penalty spot, plus a comical own goal were reward for a physical display from Sweden, who only made it to Russian Federation by beating Italy in the play-offs. Now is not the time to go into the analysis of what went wrong.

"He proved a year ago at the Confederations Cup that he can make young players into an impressive team who play outstanding football", added Grindel.

It's the first time in 51 matches that Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio has made no changes between matches. "We've definitely grown since the last match".

Korean consul general to Mexico drinks tequila with fans at embassy