World Cup: South Korea v Germany

The defending champions could go out today if South Korea pull off a shock

John O'Sullivan Wed, Jun 27
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  • 14:39

    Hello and welcome to the Irish Times World Cup soccer blog. It’s Group F up for decision this afternoon and all four teams can qualify; mathematically that is. I won’t bore you with the details until the two matches unfold and provide a clearer definition. Mexico take on Sweden but the match this blog will concentrate on is Germany and South Korea.    

  • 14:41
    There is no place for Thomas Mueller in the German team and manager Joachim Low has now used 19 outfield players across the three matches.  
  • 14:42


    South Korea: Woo Choo; Lee Yong, Yun, Hong, YG Kim; Jang, Jung, Koo; Lee Jae-Sung, Moon, Son.

    Germany:  Neuer; Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Hector; Khedira, Kroos; Goretzka, Özil, Reus; Werner.


    Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)

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  • 14:45
    South Korea are the only side at this World Cup to have lost their first two games but to still be in with a shout of qualifying, albeit a very, very slim one. Let's just say they have to win and then...........
  • 14:49

    South Korea coach Shin Taeyong has made four changes to the side that faced Mexico: Koo Jacheol returns to the starting line-up as a forward alongside Son Heungmin, while Jung Wooyoung starts in place of injured captain Ki Sungyueng. Left-back Hong Chul is on for Kim Minwoo, with centre-back Yun Youngsun given his first appearance at Russia 2018.


    Another notable change in this 4-4-2 is that versatile defender Jang Hyunsoo will operate as a defensive midfielder.

  • 14:51

    Germany makes five changes, Hummels is back, Boateng is suspended.


  • 14:54
    Niklas Sule will partner Hummels in defence in preference to Antonio Rudiger. Sami Khedira returns for the injured Sebastian Rudy, Leon Goretzka replaces Muller and Mesut Ozil takes over from Julian Draxler.
  • 14:54
    Okay this might help in terms of the permutations.  
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  • 14:55
    It's anthems time in the Kazan arena.  
  • 14:56


    The Germans have won their final group game at every FIFA World Cup since 1990.  


    The only time Korea Republic defeated Germany dates back to 19 December 2004, when the Taeguk Warriors claimed a 3-1 victory in a friendly in Busan. Cha Duri, who set up the third goal in that match, is a member of their coaching staff at Russia 2018.

  • 14:57

    Germany have never failed to progress from the opening group stage at a World Cup.

    They have won all five of their World Cup games against Asian opponents, scoring 19 goals in total and keeping clean sheets in each of their last three matches.

  • 15:00
    Game on.  
  • 15:02

    1 min: Germany give their back four and goalkeeper a touch while South Korea drop deep, inviting their opponents 'to come and have a go if you think you're hard enough.'  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

  • 15:03

    3 mins: South Korea decide quickly that sitting back is overrated and have pressed up, creating an early chance that goes abegging.  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

  • 15:06

    5 mins: Possession football and then a rather lazy swipe from Kroos.  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0  

  • 15:07
    Meanwhile in the Sweden v Mexico match there is a booking after 15 seconds. Spicy.  
  • 15:12

    11 mins: Germany dominating possession but apart from a poorly delivered free-kick they're playing around the edge of the South Korean defence without any real penentration.  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

  • 15:15

    13 mins: Reus takes the wrong option, should have played Werner in but gives the ball to Goretzka and a chance is lost.  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

  • 15:20

    CHANCE:  Jung Woo-Young with a viciously dipping free-kick that Neuer spills off his forearm but recovers to bat the ball away for a corner.  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

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  • 15:21
    20 mins: Still no goals in either match.  
  • 15:24

    23 mins: Huffing and puffing but precious little creativity, Germany struggling for rhythm and South Korea playing like a team that doesn't want to lose.  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

  • 15:26

    25 mins: Just as I type, good long diagonal ball from Yong, Jung crosses and it ends with Son slashing at a volley that balloons over the cross bar.  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

  • 15:29
  • 15:31

    30 mins: Germany content to keep possession and then having lost patience play an aimless ball into the South Korean penalty area.  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

  • 15:34

    31 mins: South Korea content to let the Germans have possession in the wider channels in favour of providing a red wall on defenders through the middle. There's no snap to the German passing; they're moving the ball too slowly and it's easy to defend against.  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

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  • 15:35
    35 mins: Germany lack energy; it's all a bit one-paced.    
  • 15:38

    37 mins: Germany have had 80 per cent possession but the teams are levl pagging when it comes to 'shots on target', one apiece. That sums up the game so far.  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

  • 15:39

    38 mins:  Korea give away possession but Werner's shot is deflected for a corner from which, after a scramble, Hummels, forces a save.  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0  

  • 15:41
    41 mins: South Korea have been unyielding,' 11 fouls and two yellow cards.    
  • 15:45

    42 mins:  Werner strikes a post, but referee  Mark Geiger  whistle’s had already sounded for a foul by Hector.

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

  • 15:45
    Three minutes of stoppage time. This half has crawled along.  
  • 15:46
    45 mins: Germany survive a penalty claim from Son. Never son.  
  • 15:48
    Half-time: Germany 0 South Korea 0
  • 15:49
    Half-time: Sweden 0 Mexico 0
  • 15:49
    As things stand, Mexico and Germany would qualify.  
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  • 15:56
    The high German possession rate could take its toll on Korea later in the game....that's a theory but not unless they start moving the ball a little sharper. The Koreans could walk and defend based on the opening 45-minutes.    
  • 15:57
  • 16:03
    The second half can't be as poor as the first? We're about to find out.  
  • 16:04
    No changes to either team.  
  • 16:05

    46 mins: Jung with a shot on target after 38 seconds having dispossessed Ozil.    

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

  • 16:08
    CHANCE:  Goretzka with a fine header brilliantly saved by South Korean goalkeeper  Woo Choo. The most fluent move of the match from the Germans.    
  • 16:10
    GOAL:  Augustinsson has given Sweden the lead. They would top the group and Mexico would join them with Germany heading home .    
  • 16:12

    52 mins: Hector finds Werner, who blasts a simple volley wide. That was a miss and a half and in the context of Sweden taking the lead in the other Group F match potentially a huge moment.  

    Germany o South Korea 0

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  • 16:15
    If Sweden win 1-0 and Germany win 1-0 then Sweden and Mexico would go through and Germany would go out on the fair play rule because of Boateng's red card.  
  • 16:17
    Laboured, predictable inaccurate...... no not the blog but the German performance. Another misplaced pass.    
  • 16:18
    56 mins:  Hwang Hee-Chan replaces Koo Ja-Cheol  
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  • 16:20
    60 mins: Kroos with a great chance and his shot is deflected wide.
  • 16:20
    60 mins:  Granqvist converts the penalty. Sweden 2 Mexico 0
  • 16:22
    Right. If Germany score and win then Sweden would go through as Group F winners and the defending champions, the Germans would go through as runners-up.    
  • 16:24
    64 mins: Outrageous dive from Son and he is deservedly booked.    
  • 16:24
    Kev If Sweden win 1-0 and Germany win 1-0 Mexico go through because they beat Germany! No need to worry about cards
  • 16:25
    Thanks Kev. Trying to watch game and do simple maths.  
  • 16:25
    Kev Ah no, they all beat each other, I withdraw! Man this is complicated
  • 16:25
    I know how you feel.  
  • 16:28

    67 mins: Son dribbles into the German penalty area, refuses to shoot and is eventually tackled by Sule. The South Korean's left foot is obviously just for standing on.    

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

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  • 16:31

    70 mins: Sorry I forget to mention that Gomes came on about 10 minutes ago for Germany. The reason I know know is that he's just missed a good chance. Mueller on for Khedira.  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0  

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  • 16:34
    74 mins: Sweden 3 (Alvarez) Mexico 0
  • 16:34
    Mexico now need South Korea to win or draw to stay in the World Cup.  
  • 16:36

    76 mins: Germany trying to thread the eye of the needle here as they try and squeeze through the middle of the massed South Korean ranks.  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

  • 16:36
  • 16:39

    80 mins:  Son surges towards  the German goal but drags his shot just wide.

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

  • 16:41
    82 mins: Defending champions Germany have eight minutes tosalvage their tournament of they are going home.  
  • 16:43

    84 mins: Germany still can't raise the pace above a canter, so pedestrian.  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

  • 16:44
    Germany and Brazil have never gone out of a World Cup on the same day. Just saying.  
  • 16:45
    85 mins: South Korea have had three superb chances to hit Germany on the break and on each occasion it required one decent pass.  
  • 16:47
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    89 mins: Koreans decide to ignore another four on three breakaway; yet again a dreadful pass.  

    Germany 0 South Korea 0

  • 16:49
    Six minutes stoppage time.
  • 16:52
    GOAL: South Korea
  • 16:53
    92 mins:  Kim Young-Gwon with the goal after a VAR intervention to establish whether the goalscorer was offide or not. He wasn't. And it stands.  
  • 16:53
  • 16:56
    GOAL: Korea.  Son Heung-Min taps into an empty net with German goalkeeper Neuer in the Korean half of the pitch.  
  • 16:57
    For the first time in 16 World Cups Germany fail to make the second round.  
  • 16:58
    Full-time: South Korea 2 Germany 0
  • 16:59
    Sweden go through as Group F winners and Mexico as runners up. Germany finish bottom.  
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  • 17:03
    Germany are the third successive World Cup reigning champions to be eliminated in the group stages after Spain in 2014 and Italy in 2010.
  • 17:06
    Sweden and Mexico go through, South Korea are beaming and Germany are out. Thanks for your company and comments. Time for an ice bath ahead of Brazil v Serbia tonight. It couldn't happen surely? Brazil to follow Germany out on the same day. It's never happened before but..........
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  • 17:07
    Emmet Malone's match report from Kazan will be up here presently.