Match preview:South Korea vs Germany
After their shock opening-match defeat to
Mexico, the pressure was on Joachim Low’s
side in their second game against Sweden.
Defeat would’ve seen the defending
champions get knocked out of the
competition. Ola Toivonen put Sweden ahead
before Marco Reus dragged Germany level
just after the break. Toni Kroos scored in
the 96th minute of the match to hand 10-
man Germany a dramatic and famous win.
South Korea lost for the second match
running. Not quite eliminating them from the
competition but they need a win here, a
Mexico win versus Sweden and a goal
Tottenham’s Son Heung-min scored a late
consolation goal in the 2-1 defeat to Mexico
Germany have faced South Korea three times
in their history, the most recent of which
was an international friendly in 2004 that
finished 3-1 in Korea’s favour. Germany won
the other two matches, both at World Cup
the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group
South Korea need a miracle to
remain in the competition, two of Mexico,
Germany and Sweden will likely progress to
the last 16.
Mexico, who play Sweden concurrently, begin
the day at the top of the group on six points.
Germany and Sweden both have three points
and a goal difference of zero. Germany
are only above Sweden based on the head-to-
It is possible that Germany win the match
and fail to qualify, it is also possible that
they lose the match and still qualify – it all
depends on Mexico’s result against Sweden.
Essentially, to guarantee qualification,
Germany must better Sweden’s result
The winners and runners-up of the group will
face the runners-up and winners of Group E
respectively, meaning we could be set for a
Germany-Brazil round of 16 clash.