With one of the last group F games taking place, Germany looked to capitalise on their late comeback made last week by sealing a victory against Korea to qualify for the next round.
Toni Kroos impressed with his last minute goal against Sweden, however, Joachim Lowe’s side needed to be cautious especially defensively as they were giving up a lot of chances to the opposition.
With Jerome Boateng suspended, Die Mannschaft needed to make sure their backline is solid.
New Bayern centre back Niklas Süle filled in the void at defence while Mesut Özil saw himself back in the starting XI.
For South Korea, fate has already been decided especially for Son Heung-min; who will have to join the Korean Military due to conscription since his team have not qualified.
The match took place in Ruben Kazan’s home arena in Tatarstan on Wednesday afternoon.
Like their last two fixtures in this tournament, Germany were simply not effective when charging up front.
Both teams were making runs into each other’s box in what seemed like a mind-numbing 90 minutes.
Germany were getting chance after chance but somehow just failing to get the ball into the back of the net.
With the likes of Timo Werner going through defenders, he simply could not convert any shots on target.
To think that the Sami Khedira had to be replaced by Mario Gomez in order for the team to show some attacking progress is beyond me.
The Germans have shocked throughout the whole campaign as it looks like Lowe needs to make major improvements despite star power.
The initial 90 minutes ended in a stalemate but the referee decided for 6 minutes of added time due to injuries.
The South Koreans got two goals in succession as Kim Bo-kyung scored a break in the 91st minute.
At first the referee flagged the goal offside but after a VAR appeal it stood, shocking German fans in the stands.
Five minutes later, Son buried the hatchet after an error from Manuel Neuer.
The goalie is famous for being a sweeper keeper but after coming out on the field, Ju ran past him and gave the ball to Son, who slotted it home.
Germany have been eliminated from the World Cup while Mexico and Sweden go through.
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