Germany left it as late as they possibly could to stay alive in this Fifa World Cup 2018, and now they will look to get to the "they're back to their best" stage when they play South Korea for a place in the last 16.
"Yesterday we said there was only a 1% chance and so I told my players it really was a last-ditch effort for them and I told them that they had to fight until the end".
Meanwhile, Sweden thumped Mexico 3-0, overpowering their opponents after a scoreless first half in a result that means both teams advance to the World Cup last 16 at the expense of Germany. (Victorious Sweden also advanced.) Mexican fans were deliriously thankful to South Korea, sharing photos of celebrations from around the world. For South Korea to advance, it would have needed Mexico to beat Sweden.
Holders Germany crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage on Wednesday in one of the biggest shocks in the tournament's history - failing to make it past the opening round for the first time since 1938.
Germany was becoming desperate but Cho was enormous in the goal yet all expected the world champ to do what it always does: get a goal when needed. It was also the first time an Asian team had defeated a reigning world champion at a World Cup and the first time South Korea had defeated European opposition when the tournament was held on European soil.
With Germany's loss, Sweden and Mexico advance from Group F. Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 in their match, which was played concurrently with the South Korean shocker.
A late corner into the German box bobbled around until it found the foot of South Korea's Kim Young-gwon, who tapped it over the leg of oncoming German captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
South Korea beating Germany saved Mexico's World Cup hopes.
"That's hard to say". For years to come, Kazan, a city on the Volga River in southwest Russian Federation, will be associated with miracles in South Korea, and with nightmares in Germany. It is embarrassing that we will be eliminated from the table in this group. "To be honest, if we can't score a goal in 90 minutes against South Korea then we don't deserve to go through".
The world's most expensive player, who battled back from a broken bone in his foot to be fit for Russian Federation, took plenty of flak despite scoring in the 2-0 victory over Costa Rica on Friday.
For Mexico, the lacklustre performance in Yekaterinburg marked a reality check as they head to the second round.