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South Korea vs Germany
2018 FIFA World Cup, Group F
Germany are out of the world cup.
South Korea have defeated the reigning world champion 2-nil, in a finale that was as gripping as the final historical scoreline suggested.
Germany will leave the world cup acrimoniously, bottom of the group, continuing the curse of reigning champions who have failed to progress beyond the group stage that has plagued so many champions in world cups this century (see France, Italy, and Spain).
Germany had their chances, again finishing a match with in excess of 20 shots on goal, but nothing to show for it.
Korea remained strong, and a late go-ahead goal from a stoppage time corner ended the German’s tournament, but not without controversy. Kim Young-gwon had the ball at his feet all on his own in the six yard box and buried the ball, only for the referee to see the linesman’s flag and blow offside.
VAR intervened in the most crucial circumstances so far, and overturned the decision. A late Son Heung-min goal into an empty goal sealed Germany’s fate.
History in so many senses here in Kazan, the end story being that Germany are out in the group stage, as the reigning world champion.
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South Korea and Germany meet in Kazan on the final day of play for Group F. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 12am (AEST).
Germany were on the brink of elimination in their previous match against Sweden. Only a Toni Kroos free-kick after five minutes of added time saw them through, otherwise, it was all over for the team that many favoured for a repeat title.
That goal aside, Germany have looked anything but impressive. Issues in midfield and the manner in which they have been able to transition and provide quality service to the men up front have held them back. The Germans aren’t conceding excessively, just failing to find the net with the freedom expected.
South Korea are yet to gain a point, but strangely, if Mexico were to put the cleaners through Sweden and they were able to rack up a few goals of their own, they are a mathematical chance to still make the round of sixteen.
It is highly unlikely, yet something to motivate them, particularly with both matches played concurrently and all teams on edge. It will be all about goal difference in this group and if Mexico slip up as well, the numbers will be incredibly convoluted.
Germany will finally show their teeth and get their World Cup defence rolling. The simple reason? They have to. Look for the Germans to put at least two past the Koreans and hold firm at the back in a warning for all other teams. As long as Mexico claim at least a point that is!
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