South Korea vs. Germany - Football Match Report

Deanna Kelley
June 28, 2018

Instead, they will head home after a scarcely believable failure, having been unable to break down the South Koreans and after a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opening group match.

South Korea managed to seal the win in the sixth minute of time added on, with Son Heung-min slotting into an empty net after Neuer was caught out at the other end of the field.

Germany lost to South Korea 2-0, and got eliminated during the group stages for the first time since 1938.

And the 26-year-old had his moment to shine against Germany, which had 26 shot attempts and put six on target without scoring.

Swiss substitute Josip Drmic scored what looked to be the match-winning goal with a confident finish with two minutes of regular time remaining, before Costa Rica were awarded a late penalty in stoppage time.

Germany came into the match against South Korea knowing a win by two clear goals would guarantee them a place in the last 16 but repeatedly failed to create clearcut chances in Kazan.

Everyone was waiting for Germany to score another late World Cup-saving goal.

For Korea to advance to the knockout stage, the team had to win against Germany by at least two goals, and Mexico had to defeat Sweden.

The Arsenal playmaker was employed in a relatively deep role and he simply wasn't able to cut through South Korea's resolute defence.

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Grateful Mexicans gathered at the embassy after South Korea's win secured Mexico's place in the round of 16 in Russian Federation. As a result, many Mexican fans felt gratitude and solidarity towards Korean fans and showed their excitement about their team advancing accordingly.

Germany were caught out at the back as they threw men forward in search for a late victor, with Kim Young-Gwon flicking home inside the box two minutes into injury time.

Mexico fans tensely watch as their team falls apart against Sweden.

Conversely, South Korea set about their task with vigour, if not always technical finesse.

Defender Mats Hummels admitted Germany's group stage exit was a "bitter" shock. "Only the World Cup could make this happen".

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Gomez had a decent header stopped by goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo in the 68th minute and could not properly connect with a low cross from Joshua Kimmich in the 72nd as Germany's hopes vanished.

Though Germany had 26 shots attempts to South Korea's 11, they looked disjointed at times, not showing the kind of quality in the final third that has made them the No. 1-ranked team.

Repeat it: Germany are out of the 2018 World Cup.

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