Mockery sweeps web after German downfall
MOSCOW – Agence France-Presse
“AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...” read a tweet from Fox Sports Brasil that ran to 272 characters.
In dramatic scenes in Kazan, Kim Young-gwon’s stoppage-time opener was ruled legitimate after intervention from the Video Assistant Referee, before Son Heung-min added the second goal minutes later.
Ryanair tweeted a picture of an unhappy Germany fan, offering “Loew fares” - a reference to German coach Joachim Loew.
One joke in German showed a supermarket check-out assistant asking Loew, “Do you collect points?” with the coach answering, “No.”
Meanwhile, England striker-turned-TV-presenter Gary Lineker revised his famous maxim that “Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”
“Football is a simple game,” Lineker tweeted.
“Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans no longer always win. Previous version is confined to history.”
“We didn’t make it to the round of 16... but we sent the world number one packing,” said a headline in Seoul’s major Dong-A daily.
South Korean social media were flooded by tens of thousands of messages from fans expressing joy and astonishment over a victory that had seemed utterly implausible before the match.
“Who cares we won’t make it to the round of 16? We defeated Germany, the world number one!” added another.
“It was an honorable exit.”
Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon joined them, tweeting on Thursday: “Reality beat our imagination today” and praising the South Korean footballers.