Kim Young-Gwon has become a hero in Mexico as he was the player who scored the first goal against Germany in their final group game at the World Cup. In an unlikely scenario, Mexico found themselves needing help from South Korea to progress to the next round.
South Korea and Germany were tied going into stoppage time, and that meant Germany and Sweden were currently progressing to the last 16, South Korea won a corner and when the cross was put into the box the ball found its way to the feet of Kim Young-gown who hammered into the German net.
The goal was originally ruled out for offside but went to a VAR review, and the VAR review showed that the ball hit Toni Kroos’ leg before getting to Kim. That slight touch by the German player meant that there was no way Kim could have been offside – the goal stood and South Korea went 1-0 ahead in stoppage time. As things stood Germany was going out of the World Cup.
Why did Mexico need South Korea’s help?
Mexico headed into their last group game against Sweden knowing that a point would secure their place in the last 16, Sweden, on the other hand, knew that nothing but a victory would stand any chance of putting them into the last 16.
Therefore both teams had to go for it otherwise they would face missing out on qualifying from the group. Everyone expected Sweden to have no chance because of how Mexico had played up until that game but it was Sweden who came out the winners by getting a 3-0 victory.
With Germany drawing at the time Sweden was beating Mexico this would mean that Sweden would finish first, Germany second and Mexico would end up third and out of the World Cup. This meant their hopes were left in the hands of South Korea. With the Korea Germany match heading into injury time, Mexicans everywhere must have feared their tournament was over. That was until Kim scored in stoppage time, and then Son confirmed it by racing clear to put the ball into an empty net to make it 2-0 to South Korea.
This confirmed that Mexico would be in the last 16 after all and Germany would be consigned to finish last in the group and for the first time in forever be heading home after the group stage.
Kim Young-gwon declared a saint in Mexico
Since that South Korean victory, a lot of news has come out of Mexico how Mexican fans have paraded Korean’s on holiday in Mexico around the streets on the shoulders of Mexican fans. Or how a lot of Mexican fans rocked up to the Korean embassy in Mexico City to shout that you’re our Mexican brother now and drink tequilas with the Korean ambassador.
On top of all that one meme has shown how Kim Young-gwon has been declared a saint in Mexico, we have no doubt he will be very welcome any time he wants to visit Mexico. He won’t ever have to buy a drink if he does decide to visit.
The meme created of Kim Young-gwon as a saint was our favourite reaction from Mexican fans in regards to South Korea beating Germany. Even though Mexico is through they possibly got the toughest game in the last 16 against Brazil, and Kim Young-gwon won’t be around to pop up with last-minute winners this time.