LIVE: South Korea vs. Germany (FIFA World Cup 2018)

This is the 41st match in the FIFA World Cup 2018 holding in Russia.

Date & Time of Match:
Wednesday, June 27
South Korea and Germany in the Group F at 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET

___SCORE: South Korea 2-0 Germany___

LIVE COMMENTARY:

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90′ + 10′ FULL-TIME! SOUTH KOREA 2-0 GERMANY
90′ + 9′ OVER! How many chances is Hummels going to have! He rises to get onto the end of another cross and heads over the bar. He will be set for a sleepness night on the plane back to Berlin.
90′ + 8′ SAVE! Another fine save from Cho keeps Germany at bay once again as Brandt tries to get a late consolation.
90′ + 6′ It’s Neuer that sloppily gives the ball away and Ju’s vision was sublime. There was no catching Son and there is no saving Germany now.
90′ + 6′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! It’s over! Germany are out! South Korea lead 2-0! Germany are throwing everyone forward in an attempt to salvage something from the game and Son latches onto the end of a long punt forward from Ju, tucking into an empty net!
90′ + 5′ OVER! Hummels has another sight of goal and heads towards the far post but his attempt loops over the bar.
90′ + 4′ Germany need a miracle. They need to win and they have just a few minutes to get two goals.
90′ + 2′ GOOOOOOOAL!!!!! South Korea lead 1-0! Son’s corner is flicked on at the near post by Jang but it takes a couple of deflections on the way through and the touch from Sule is decisive. The referee overturns his initial decision and Kim has a famous goal!
90′ + 2′ OFFSIDE!!! South Korea tuck the ball home but the flag is raised! It is not clear who the final touch came off though and VAR could decide the game!

90′ + 1′ Germany have SIX minutes of added time to try and find a winning goal that would send them through to the round of 16.
89′ Another chance on the break for South Korea, another opportunity wasted. They have been really poor with their final balls.
88′ SAVE! Kroos, the hero against Sweden, is trying to be the man of the moment again for Germany. He drills a low effort at goal from distance but Cho saves comfortably.
87′ WHAT A MISS! Ozil crosses a delightful cross into the area where Hummels has charged forward from the back to find room but his attempted header is poor and behind for a goal kick.

86′ South Korea do still present a threat on the break but they are wasting the opportunities they get, as the final balls have been lacking. They have a corner though as Sule deflects a cross behind, though Son’s delivery is easily dealt with.
84′ OVER! Germany are getting desperate as Ozil tees the ball across to Kroos just outside the area, who smashes a shot over the bar.
83′ Three of the last four defending champions at the World Cup have been knocked out in the group stages. Germany could be about to make that four of the last five.
81′ Less than ten minutes of normal time remaining in Kazan and Germany are on the verge of a premature exit. One goal will send them into the round of 16 ahead of Mexico.
79′ CHANCE! A superb cross from Kimmich almost catches the South Korea defence out but they just about manage to get the ball away.
79′ South Korea make their final change, bringing on Ko for Hwang.
78′ WIDE! South Korea hit on the break and Son makes room for a shot, dragging an attempt past the wrong side of Neuer’s left-hand post.
78′ Another attacking change from Germany, who bring on Brandt for Hector.
76′ The play is being dominated by Germany currently, with South Korea putting men behind the ball to defend their lines.
74′ Sweden are now three goals up against Mexico and Germany, despite losing to Mexico in their opening match, could advance to the knockout stages ahead of them. However, they need a winner for that to occur.
73′ Germany are looking so short of ideas. Cho in the South Korea net has only really had one big save to make, all the others have been fairly comfortable for him.
71′ Still plenty of time for Germany to find a saving grace and they showed against Sweden that all it takes is one chance. They need a hero and no one has stood out for Low’s side in this match.
69′ South Korea make their second change of the game, bringing Moon off for Ju.
68′ SAVE! Another important save from Cho, as he clutches onto Gomez’s header.
66′ Moon wastes a glorious chance for South Korea! He picks up the ball inside the penalty areas and turns Sule but delays taking the shot, allowing Hummels to recover and quell the danger.
65′ Son falls to the ground as he tries to force a way through Germany’s defence and earns a yellow card for diving.
64′ WIDE! Ozil’s corner flies all the way through to Werner but it is a poor strike from the RB Leipzig man, who drags an attempt off target.
63′ Second change for Germany as Muller replaces future Bayern Munich team-mate Goretzka.
62′ More problems for Germany, as Sweden have doubled their lead against Mexico. A winning goal for the defending champions would change the picture though.
60′ An hour played in Kazan and there is still no signs of improvement from Germany. They look short of ideas and have offered very little in attack.
58′ Germany’s turn to make a change and it is Gomez who takes to the field in an attack-minded move, taking the place of Khedira.
57′ Germany’s defensive line continues to look exposed as South Korea hit on the break but Moon’s pass is poor and Hummels mops up the danger.
56′ South Korea forced into a change as Koo hobbles off with an injury, replaced by Hwang.
55′ We have seen big nations struggle at the World Cup so far and Germany, like Argentina last night, need to find a way through.
53′ Germany are banging on the door as Kim puts the ball behind for a corner at the near post, preventing Werner from tucking home close range.
51′ Big trouble for Germany! Sweden have taken the lead against Mexico and, as it stands, the defending champions are heading out.
50′ Germany have failed to lead at half-time in all of their three group games at the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

48′ Yellow card Seon-Min Moon
47′ SAVE! A superb stop from Cho! A delightful cross is chipped into the area where Goretzka as plenty of room to rise above the defenders and head of goal but his attempt is kept out.
46′ KICK-OFF! Back underway in Kazan, where South Korea get the action restarted. No changes from either side at the break.
Germany, as it stands, are through as runners-up but a goal in either match could quickly change the situation. Low’s side performed extremely well in the second half against Sweden and will hope for a similar performance here, while South Korea could become more attacking as the game progresses.

 



A very disappointing first half from Germany’s perspective, who have offered very little. The defending champions have never failed to advance past the first stage of a World Cup but the situation is very precarious. South Korea will be the happier of the two sides and still have a chance to sneak into the kncokout stages.
45′ + 3′ HALF-TIME! SOUTH KOREA 0-0 GERMANY
45′ + 1′ Into three minutes of added time at the end of the first half.
45′ The game is crying out for someone to spark life into the match. Germany’s stars are not performing, while South Korea look overly reliant on Son.
43′ POST! Werner smashes a shot against the post from just inside the area but Hecyor is penalised for a foul in the build-up.
41′ Edging closer to the interval and there is still no sign of an opening goal. You have to wonder how Germany would react if Sweden took the lead against Mexico.
39′ SAVE! The ball finds Hummels following a corner and the Bayern Munich man shows good feet to find room but his effort from close range is saved by Cho.
38′ South Korea would be delighted to keep it goalless heading into half-time, where they may then elect to be more attacking in the second half as they aim to squeeze into the round of 16.
36′ South Korea are conceding a number of fouls after clumsy challenges, which is dangerous after we saw what Kroos can do in the last game against Sweden.
34′ You would expect to see a reaction from Germany given their struggles at the World Cup so far but there is no spark from Low’s side. They are retaining possession but not doing much with it.
32′ Germany are growing increasingly frustrated as they fail to break down South Korea’s organised defensive line.
30′ Half an hour gone in Kazan and it is South Korea who have had the better opportunities so far in the game, with Germany struggling to create chances.
28′ Germany are still struggling to carve a way through an organised South Korea defence and their passes in the final third have been poor. Plenty of improvements needed from Low’s side.
26′ Germany have won all five of their World Cup matches against Asian opponents, doing so by an aggregate score of 19-3.
24′ WIDE! Another chance for South Korea as a cross into the area is headed away but only as far as Son, who smashes an effort at goal but lashes his attempt wide of the mark.
23′ Another yellow card for South Korea, as Lee commits a quick succession of fouls and draws attention from the referee.
21′ Germany certainly do not look comfortable and their performance, much like it was against Mexico, is looking rather laboured. An early goal would settle the nerves but there is no sign of a breakthrough.
19′ SAVE! Jung fires a free-kick at goal and Neuer fumbles the ball on the line, before diving to punch the ball away before Son could bundle home.
17′ South Korea will be happy with their start to the game as they have managed to keep Germany contained so far.

15′ Forsberg just avoids a rather stern tackle from Gallardo out on the right wing but spears his shot from distance well wide on the right. The Mexico man’s yellow card is the fastest in World Cup history, handed out at 15 seconds.
13′ Lozano is pinged for offside – just – by the linesman as Herrera spears a cross out wide to him on the left wing, as the Mexican looks to create a chance for his side.
12′ Berg! The corner looks to be drifting a shade beyond the goal but captain Granqvist lands a deft touch to push it down to his striker who can’t wrap his heel around the ball, pushing it out at the left post.
11′ Sweden win themselves a corner from a free-kick deep in their own half as Olsen peppers Guardado who can’t control his first touch and sees it run out near the flag. Augustinsson to take.
9′ Layun tries his luck from distance and spears well wide to the right from outside the box. Mexico are starting to use their pace to furrow through Sweden’s midfield after that opening spent on the back foot.

7′ Germany are not having it all their own way in the opening exchanges and South Korea are looking fairly dangerous when they push forward. We still await the game’s first chance.
5′ Germany moving the ball quickly when they pick up possession to try and find room, though South Korea are remaining firm defensively.
3′ A bright start from South Korea, who are moving the ball around well and putting Germany under pressure why they do not have the ball.

1′ KICK-OFF! We’re underway at the Kazan Arena, where Germany get the game started.



The two teams are out in Kazan and the national anthems have begun. There is just a few minutes until kick-off.
Germany have won 15 of their last 17 competitive matches (D1 L1) since losing 2-0 to France at Euro 2016.
Low makes five changes to the Germany side that stunned Sweden through Kroos’ dramatic late free kick, bringing Ozil, Khedira, Hummels, Goretzka and Sule in. Muller, Draxler, Rudiger and Rudy drop to the bench, the latter of whom suffered a broken nose in the victory over Sweden, while Jerome Boateng is suspended.
South Korea make four changes to the side that was defeated by Mexico, with Min-Woo, Se-Jong and Hee-Chan dropping to the bench along with Swansea’s Ki, who is carrying a knock. Into the side come Young-Sun, Hong Chul, Woo-Young and Koo Ja-Cheol.
Germany subs: Marc Andre ter-Stegen, Kevin Trapp, Antonio Rudiger, Julian Brandt, Sebastian Rudy, Marvin Plattenhardt, Thomas Muller, Julian Draxler, Mario Gomez, Matthias Ginter, Ilkay Gundogan.
South Korea subs: Kim Seung-gyu, Kim Jin-hyeon, Lee Seung-Woo, Park Joo-Ho, Ki Sung-yeung, Oh Ban-Suk, Ko Yo-han, Hwang Hee-Chan, Kim Shin-Wook, Kim Min-Woo, Jung Seung-Hyun, Ju Se-Jong.
Germany XI: Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels, Jonas Hector; Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos; Leon Goretzka, Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus; Timo Werner.
South Korea XI: Cho Hyun-Woo; Lee Yong, Yun Young-Sun, Kim Young-Gwon, Hong Chul; Lee Jae-Sung, Jung Woo-Young, Jang Hyun-Soo, Moon Seon-Min; Koo Ja-Cheol, Son Heung-Min.
We will keep you updated on how things stand in the group throughout the game!
Germany’s situation is less complicated, as the defending champions will advance through to the round of 16 if they beat South Korea. If Sweden better their result, Joachim Low’s side are going home early – and it could come down to goal difference or head-to-head record if both games end with a draw.
South Korea have lost both of their matches at the World Cup so far but they do still have a chance of qualifying for the round of 16. For that to happen, they will have to beat Germany and hope Sweden lose to Mexico. It will then come down to goal difference and South Korea currently have -2.
Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the Group F match between South Korea and Germany at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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