South Korea defeated Germany 2-0, eliminating the former world champions
Mexican football fans were seen partying outside the South Korean embassy after the Asian country eliminated group rivals Germany from the World Cup.
As reported by the Telegraph, hundreds of Mexican football fans were partying outside the South Korean embassy in Mexico City after Germany were eliminated from the World Cup by the Asian country.
Although Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 on Wednesday, South Korea secured Mexico’s progress into the knockout stages by beating Germany 2-0.
Guangzhou Evergrande centre back Kim Young-gwon edged South Korea ahead of Germany in the 92nd minute of the game. Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min sealed both Germany’s and Mexico’s fate by scoring in the 96th minute.
Whilst South Korea would have been eliminated from the tournament in any outcome on Wednesday, Mexican fans celebrated the country’s win by flocking to the South Korean embassy.
“Thank you so much, (Koreans) are awesome. They are awesome,” Gladys Ison, a 19-year-old Mexican said as she waved a South Korean flag outside the embassy.
Mexican airline Aeromexico announced a 20 percent discount on its Korean flights. “We love you, Korea! Our flights from Mexico to Korea have a 20% discount,” the airline wrote on Twitter.
Fans were seen jumping up and down in Mexico City’s Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood where the Korean embassy is. Korean diplomatic staff were praised and even Counselor Park Sun-tae was raised on fans’ shoulders, who chanted “Korean, brother, now you’re Mexican!”
The consul general at the embassy, Byoung-jin Han, said, “There’s no distinction between Mexicans and Koreans today. We’re celebrating together.”
Flags of both countries were waved as groups of fans partied on an old fire truck, who were pouring tequila off the roof.
Memes spread across social media, including one of the Mexican and Korean flags combined as one.
“Maybe it is not the best way of getting through, but we’re through. We are very grateful,” said Pablo Gonzalez, 45.
— Aeroméxico (@Aeromexico) June 27, 2018
That’s the Korean consul general to Mexico, Byoung-Jin Han, celebrating with grateful Mexican fans outside the Korea embassy here. One fan said he took a shot of tequila with them earlier. pic.twitter.com/NGWEmRADUW
— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) June 27, 2018