And then, in keeping with the last minute drama that has permeated this World Cup, Kim Young-gwon found himself in the right place at the right time as a deflected shot landed at his feet and he slotted home from close range.
As CBS Sports pointed out in a tweet, this is the first time Germany has been eliminated in the first round of a World Cup since 1938.
However, if Germany and Sweden both win, that would result in a three-way tie on six points, which would be determined by the same measures described above. The Germans were realizing this was not going to be a walk in the park especially as the Taeguk Warriors were looking more defensively solid than in their first two games.
Despite enduring what has thus far been a frustrating World Cup, Timo Werner will now hope to end his wait for a first goal at a major tournament here against what is the weakest opponents Germany have faced so far in Russian Federation.
South Korea's goalkeeper Cho Hyeon-woo made a fine one-handed save from Leon Goretzka's header and Timo Werner volleyed wide from near the penalty shot. As it turned out, South Korea's win kept Mexico in the competition.
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German defender Mats Hummels said after the match, "It's very very hard to put it into words". After the late goal we thought they were back, but another poor performance today. While the shocking defeat to Mexico in their opening match had disappointed many, their come back against Sweden later had raised the expectations of the fans.
Mexico fans tensely watch as their team falls apart against Sweden.
That's when South Korea stepped up.
South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong says his team have just a "one percent chance" of beating Germany and even star forward Son Heung-min played down their chances of an upset.
Jerome Boateng, who was sent off against Sweden, will be replaced and many now anticipate that we will begin to see the Germany we have become accustomed to at major tournaments in this final group game.
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Wrote one, "Korea just got Mexico to the next round of the World Cup". Time was running out when Matt Hummels headed over when free in the area and again and again Korea fund itself in good counter positions but just could not create that chance.