The 2018 FIFA World Cup continued on Wednesday, June 27 afternoon with defending champions Germany beaten 2-0 by South Korea and eliminated from the tournament in the group stage at the Kazan Arena.
Defending champions Germany knew that a 2-0 win against South Korea would mean sure qualification for the knockout stages and they controlled most of the ball but without real goalscoring chances.
South Korea played deep and had a few scoring opportunities on the counter, but the game went into the break goalless.
Germany had the better start into the second session, but Goretzka and Werner missed early chances and the pressure was showing on the defending champions who had multiple chances through Gomez and especially late in the game Mats Hummels.
Germany seemed unlike themselves as they were slow despite needing a goal and as they pushed up, they conceded a corner which then went in of Young-Gwon Kim in the 91st minute like a proof of their campaign as VAR was needed to confirm the goal.
Germany were out now, but they still pushed forward, even captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer went up and with an open goal, former Bundesliga striker Heung Min Son ensured South Korea’s historic win in the 96th minute.
Down 0-2, Germany still had one last chance as Mats Hummels final header of the night glanced the crossbar before going over.
Thereafter the game was over and Germany out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 – Group F
South Korea 2-0 (0-0) Germany
Goals: 1-0 Young-Gwon Kim (90’+2), 2-0 Heung Min Son (90’+6)
South Korea: H.-W. Cho – Y. Lee, H.-S. Jang, Y.-G. Kim, Hong – Koo (56′ H.-C. Hwang, 79′ Y.-H. Go), Jung – Moon (69′ S.-J. Ju), Yun – J.-S. Lee – Son
Subs: J.-H. Kim, S.-G. Kim, S.-H. Jeong, M.-W. Kim, Oh, J.-H. Park, S.-Y. Ki, S.-W. Kim, S.-W. Lee
Germany: Neuer – Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, J. Hector (78′ Brandt) – Khedira (58′ Gomez), T. Kroos – Goretzka (63′ T. Müller), Özil, Reus – Ti. Werner
Subs: ter Stegen, Trapp, Ginter, Plattenhardt, Rüdiger, Draxler, Gündogan, Rudy
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)
Man of the Match: Hyeonwoo Jo (South Korea)