Shin Taeyong may have just picked up the greatest victory of his career after guiding South Korea to a victory over the World Champions Germany. They entered the day with an outside chance of qualifying as their group was tightly poised for a final round of fixtures.
Both sides needed a victory to secure passage to the next round but it was a game that lacked quality at key moments. Sweden stormed to a 3-0 victory in the other tie to see them through and put all the pressure on the Germans.
Taeyong's side then added insult to injury with two late goals sealing victory for them in an embarrassing day for the World Champions. That Sweden result also meant South Korea could no longer advance though and added a bitter undertone to a fantastic day for the Asian nation.
Taeyong was quoted by FIFA after the match as saying: "I feel great but at the same time I feel a little bit empty, so I feel a little bit ambivalent."
"Yesterday we said there was only a one per cent chance and so I told my players it really was a last-ditch effort for them and I told them that they had to fight until the end." He added.
Taesong admitted no one was giving them a chance in this game but he feels that played directly into his gameplan.
The manager finished by saying: "Germany are the defending champions and No1 in the FIFA Ranking, so I thought about what mistakes Germany might make because they probably felt they would be able to beat us – that’s what everybody thought.
"I thought we could use that as a reverse strategy and that has really hit the nail on the head."
Taeyong may be left with a sour feeling but this will surely be a victory his players and the fans will remember for a long time.