South Korea knocked Germany out of the 2018 World Cup on Wednesday, thereby helping Mexico qualify for the next round.
In response, Mexicans are celebrating South Korea — to say thank you.
In Mexico City right now, hundreds of chanting, applauding, and screaming fans have flocked to the South Korean embassy.
ARRIBA, MEXICO!— FOX Sports Brasil (@FoxSportsBrasil) June 27, 2018
Torcedores mexicanos dominam embaixada da Coréia do Sul na Cidade do México para comemorar a classificação e a vitória da seleção sul-coreana sobre a Alemanha!#FOXNaRussia #JogaOQueSabe pic.twitter.com/kv9GRFrgGd
South Korea’s consul general in Mexico, Byoung-Jin Han, decided to join in the revelry. It’s also possible he drank tequila with the fans.
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
Mexico fans even found a single South Korean fan outside the stadium, lifted him up, and sang his praises — and even simply chanting “Korea! Korea!”
The Mexicans found a South Korean outside the stadium pic.twitter.com/9gG7V9wtOd— Siavoush Fallahi (@SiavoushF) June 27, 2018
There’s a good reason for all the South Korea-Mexico bonhomie. Mexico lost 3-0 to Sweden, which meant that Germany — the country that won the last World Cup and a favorite to win this one — had to beat South Korea to eliminate Mexico and move on to the next round.
But South Korea dramatically defeated Germany 2-0, thereby allowing Mexico to progress. South Korea, sadly, didn’t do well enough throughout the tournament’s first round to move on, even though they beat Germany. Perhaps the kindness and enthusiasm of Mexican fans will prove to be a decent consolation prize.
And if not, at least there are videos of Mexico supporters dancing to Gangnam Style now.