Germany Out of World Cup, Mexico Advances with Help from S. Korea
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Germany is out of the World Cup. The defending champions lost to South Korea 2-0 on Wednesday.
Germany ended up last in Group F. Sweden and Mexico advanced from that group to the round of 16. South Korea did not advance despite its surprising victory over Germany.
It is the first time since 1938 that Germany has not advanced out of the group stage of World Cup play.
All four Group F teams had a chance to advance Wednesday. Their chances depended on the results of the other match. The two matches were played at the same time, one in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and the other in Kazan, Russia.
Sweden beat Mexico 3-0, winning the group. That result put Germany in a good position to advance, as well. All the Germans needed to do was to score one goal against the South Koreans.
German defender Mats Hummels said after the match, "It's very very hard to put it into words. We believed until the end today, even when it was 0-1. I think we kept trying to turn it all around."
A different ending for Mexico
After watching their team play poorly against Sweden, the mood among Mexico fans at the game improved when news came in that South Korean goalkeeper Joe Hyeon-woo was preventing Germany from scoring.
Then, Mexicans at the game -- and around the world -- cheered wildly when South Korea scored its first goal.
In a Twitter video taken by VOA reporter Ramon Taylor, Mexican fans at an eating-place in New York City shouted in Spanish "CO-RE-A" after South Korea scored its first goal.
In another Twitter video taken in Mexico City's Zocalo Square, Mexican fans found a South Korean man among the crowd. The fans cheered for him and lifted him above the masses.
The person filming the video, Patrick Infurna, says "Only the World Cup could do this. Only the World Cup could make this happen."
Besides Germany this year, France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014 also got eliminated in the group stage as defending champions.
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1.defending champions 卫冕冠军
Italy, the defending champions, could not have asked for a much easier ride after the draw for the group stages were made.
2.play against 与...比赛
Your school team will play against us this afternoon.
3.the World Cup 世界杯
They re-ran the World Cup final on a big screen.
4.ended up 最终；结果
To cut a long story short, I ended up as managing director.
5.The two matches were played at the same time, one in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and the other in Kazan, Russia.
at the same time 同时
I was afraid of her, but at the same time I really liked her.
It's impossible to get everybody together at the same time.
6.That result put Germany in a good position to advance, as well.
in a good position 处于...有利地位
I personally believe that we are in a good position to do so.
But overall we are in a good position among our peers.
德国队在F组中垫底。该组的瑞士和墨西哥晋级16强 。虽然，韩国队爆冷战胜德国队，但也未能晋级 。
F组的四支球队周三都有机会晋级。它们的晋级机会取决于另一场比赛的结果 。两场比赛同时进行，一场位于俄罗斯的叶卡捷琳堡，另一场在俄罗斯喀山进行 。
瑞典队以3：0击败墨西哥队，获得小组冠军。该结果也让德国队处于有利地位 。德国队需要做的就是在对阵韩国队时踢进一球 。
德国队后卫胡梅尔斯在赛后采访时表示，“我的心情很难用言语来表达。哪怕是今天在0-1落后的情况下，我仍然相信我们能够翻盘 。我想我们一直在尽力逆转 。”