In case you missed last night's developments at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, a lot happened. Sweden defeated Mexico 3-0 to surge into the top 16 of the tournament. But despite the loss, Mexico managed to qualify for the next round and join Sweden. This was made possible by South Korea that beat defending champions Germany. Despite not qualifying for the last 16 themselves, South Korea's 2-0 win sent Germany back home and Mexico to the knockout stage. And the loudest celebrations came from the Mexican side. Jubilant Mexican fans in Russia and across the world made sure South Koreans knew how thankful they were to their team.
Videos circulating on Twitter show ecstatic Mexicans celebrating with South Korean football supporters, many lifting them up on their shoulders and others threw impromptu 'Thank You' parades. Chants of "Korea, Korea" filled up the air in Russia.
JAJAJAJAJA ENCONTRARON A UN COREANO Y LOS AFICIONADOS MEXICANOS LO TRATARON COMO HROE. pic.twitter.com/3J3yIFUc3M— Papu (@Soypinchewey) June 27, 2018
In honor of Korea, I had to put this Korean man on my shoulders to celebrate pic.twitter.com/A8mNVH3DuE— (@mrtinjrafael) June 27, 2018
The celebrations were not restricted to just Russia. Back in Mexico, the South Korea consul general celebrated his country's bittersweet victory with some fans outside the embassy. One fan hoisted the diplomat on his shoulder. The diplomat and the fans even shared tequila shots together.
"There's no distinction between Mexicans and Koreans today. We're celebrating together." consul general Bjoung-jin Han told Reuters.
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
And Mexicans in other parts of the world said they would visit the Korea Towns in their cities to thank them in person.
I'm going to Korea Town today and will hug and thank every single person I run into. Gracias Korea pic.twitter.com/g1sVW3NXxZ— Abe (@Abe_A93) June 27, 2018
Meanwhile, Germany's exit from the World Cup had Twitter buzzing. This is the first time since 1938 that the team failed to make it past the group stages of the World Cup.