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With champion Germany out, who's the World Cup 'favorite' now?

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Following their match against Sweden, Mexico's faithful turned their attention to the end of South Korea's game in Kazan.

"We showed we are able to play against the reigning champions all the way with the exception of the final 10 seconds". Four years later, in Brazil, Spain was knocked out of the tournament at the group stages by a tough Netherlands side.

The Times also quotes a German source as saying there was an arrogance in the camp that hampered them from the outset, saying: 'The whole squad, the whole organisation, thought they are the World Cup winners. Once the goal was counted there was pandemonium inside the Spartak Stadium Media Centre where Brazilian journalists, who were preparing for their country's match with Serbia, shouted in excitement as the defending champions became former champions.

South Korea goalkeeper Jo Hyun-woo makes a save from a shot by Germany's Leon Goretzka, hidden behind, during the group F match between South Korea and Germany at the World Cup match in Kazan on Wednesday.

"It wasn't only Ozil, a number of other players didn't perform as they normally would".

It will be tough for Germany to re-group after this loss.

They also sang Mexican anthem Cielito Lindo and greeted Ambassador Kim Sang-il.

South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong did not reveal which player would captain his side against Germany, just saying the role would not be for the faint-hearted. Clearly we expected this to be a long tournament for us.

Their failure was celebrated widely in Russian Federation with fans and neutrals in the metro, Fifa Fan Fest and stadiums celebrating their inability to beat South Korea.

Germany coach Joachim Loew said his players will be wary of the speed and pace of their opponents to avoid getting caught on the break. Who knows, with a performance like that, somebody might come knocking. Mentally we are very, very strong.

Elsewhere, Mexico fans carried South Korean fans aloft through Mexico City's main square in a victory march after the result.

Sweden still has a chance to advance to the knockout rounds.

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