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

difference swing.

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-

head tiebreaker.

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

against Mexico.

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.