Germany dumped out of the World Cup by South Korea – and a little help from VAR




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Germany lost their second game of the tournament as they were knocked out of the World CupCREDIT: GETTY IMAGES





    Korea Republic 2 - 0 Germany
    27/06/2018 15:00
    Referee: Mark Geiger|Venue: Kazan Arena|Attendance: 41,835
    • Kim Young-Gwon90+2
    • Son Heung-Min90+6
      Germany had progressed past the group stage of the World Cup sixteen times in a row, but booked themselves a premature exit this year after losing to South Korea in stoppage time.


      Kim Young-Gwon sealed their fate with a 94th-minute goal, which was initially disallowed as off-side but a VAR decision saw the decision overturned as the ball came off Niklas Süle.


      Tottenham's Son Heung-min then added insult to injury scoring a 96th-minute-second Korean goal. Though South Korea does not go through to the knock-out stages, the win is the first in their history against Germany.





      Kim Young-gwon puts Germany out of the World Cup with his late opener for South Korea
      Kim Young-gwon puts Germany out of the World Cup with his late opener for South Korea CREDIT: KEVIN C. COX/GETTY IMAGES
      The opening half saw a much-changed German side, with former talisman Thomas Muller starting on the bench, performing with a lack of quality that has defined their tournament. In the second half the world champions were better and had plenty of attacking chances but just couldn't find the back of the net.


      Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez thank Germany's fans after being knocked out of the World Cup by South Korea's 2-0 victory that puts Sweden and Mexico throughThomas Muller and Mario Gomez thank Germany's fans after being knocked out of the World Cup by South Korea's 2-0 victory that puts Sweden and Mexico through CREDIT: SERGEI SAVOSTYANOV/TASS



      South Korea's goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo was dominant throughout, in particular denying Leon Goretzka a 48th-minute header which was on its way to the bottom left corner if not for the keeper's quick hands. Centre-back Mats Hummels missed an open goal header in the 86th minute in what was Germany's best chance to grab a winner.


      The result meant that Mexico survives and will progress to the last-16 despite their 3-0 loss to Sweden, who go through as the group winners.

      5:24pm

      Data sandwich


      5:19pm

      Opta's statistical pointers

      Germany is the fourth defending champions to be eliminated from the Group Stage at the World Cup in the last five tournaments (also France 2002, Italy 2010, Spain 2014).
      This is only the second time that Germany has been eliminated from the First Round at the World Cup having last done so in 1938 – however, this is the first time it has happened when the First Round has been in a group stage format.
      South Korea has been eliminated from the group stage at consecutive World Cup tournaments for the first time since they failed to progress from this stage in each of their first five appearances at the World Cup (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994 & 1998).
      Germany’s tally of two goals scored at this World Cup is the second fewest managed by a defending champion in the competition, only ahead of France’s zero in 2002.
      This was Germany’s first ever defeat against an Asian nation in a World Cup match in what was their sixth such match.
      Germany has failed to score in two of their three World Cup games in 2018, as many as their previous 15 World Cup matches combined.
      This was South Korea’s first clean sheet at the World Cup since a 2-0 win over Greece in 2010; they had gone eight without a shutout before this match.
      South Korea have beaten Germany in a World Cup match for the first time, having lost each of the previous two meetings in the competition.
      Son Heung-Min’s goal for South Korea (95:52) was the latest goal Germany have ever conceded in a World Cup match (excluding extra-time).
      Since the 2010 edition, Germany has lost both of their World Cup matches in which Thomas Müller has not started (also lost 0-1 to Spain in the 2010 semi-final), compared to 80% when he has started (12 wins in 15 games).


      5:17pm

      A word from Bild





      Man kann es kaum glauben, aber wir sind tatsächlich raus. Tschüss, WM! So haben wir uns das nicht vorgestellt. :-(
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      "It's hard to believe, but we're actually out. Bye, World Cup! That's not what we imagined."


      5:10pm

      Deutschland ist raus!


      For the first time since they were beaten in the first round of an all knockout tournament in 1938, Germany/West Germany have fallen at the first hurdle.


      5:09pm

      Here's how Group F played out

      Group F

      PosTeamPWDLGDPts
      1Sweden320136
      2Mexico3201-16
      3Korea Republic310203
      4Germany3102-23
      5:05pm

      Here's South Korea's second
      5:03pm

      Germany join a long tradition


      Of champions being knocked out at the group stage: France in 2002, Italy in 2010, Spain in 2014 and now Germany here.


      5:01pm

      Sweden and Mexico go through from Group F


      The winners of Group G, England or Belgium, will play Mexico in the Round of 16. The runners-up will play Sweden.


      5:00pm

      Full time


      Germany, deservedly, has lost and are out of the World Cup at the group stage for the first time in history.


      4:57pm

      90+8 min South Korea 1-0 Germany


      On we go. Brandt stings Cho's palms. The corner that flies over the box. Back it comes in and Hummels heads it over.


      4:56pm

      GOAL! South Korea 2-0 Germany


      Son scores. Germany is out.


      4:56pm

      VAR check on South Korea 2-0 Germany


      He's inside. He was in his own half. Ju beats Neuer, whacks it 80m and Son sprints forward to tap it in.


      4:55pm

      90+5 min South Korea 1-0 Germany


      Neuer is on the halfway line but he loses the ball and South Korea knock it forward and score!


      4:54pm

      90+4 min South Korea 1-0 Germany


      Hummels heads over the bar. Tell us about never writing Germany off now, Pearce. Tell us now.


      4:52pm

      GOAL! South Korea 1-0 Germany


      Auf Wiedersehen, pet!


      Kim Young-Gwon stabs a shot into the roof of the net.


      4:51pm

      South Korea has the ball in the net!


      VAR question? DId the ball come off Sule last? Yes, I think it did. The goal should stand and Germany will be out.


      4:50pm

      90+1 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Long delay while Lee Yong's possessions are counted.


      4:49pm

      89 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Lee shoots against Sule and the ball ricochets over for a corner. That chance came after Lee Yong wore Kroos's pass in the goolies. There will be six minutes of stoppage time.


      4:47pm

      88 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Now Kroos, feeding off scraps, takes a touch and then shoots, scuffing it low to Cho's right and the keeper flops down to save easily.


      4:46pm

      87 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Hummels misses a sitter. Picked out by Ozil's right-wing left-foot peach of a cross. Hummels, who had made 50m, blooters his header miles beyond the near post.


      4:45pm

      85 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      South Korea break again, four v three, and waste the chance with a misplaced pass.


      4:44pm

      84min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Ozil refuses to shoot and lays it off, Kroos from the edge of the area takes the initiative because someone has to in this pusillanimous side and spoons his right-foot shot into the crowd. Earlier Reus had flayed a shot into the defender's legs and watched as it ballooned up and over the bar.


      4:42pm

      83 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Werner thinks he can creep around the back of the right back but can't control the pass and runs it into touch. Muller and Ozil cock up another attack.


      4:41pm

      81 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Kimmich almost beats Cho with a cross that turns into a shot but the keeper scrambles back. If Pearce says 'Never count out the Germans' one more time I think I'm going to scream.


      4:39pm

      80 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Twice South Korea hit Germany on the break but lose belief and delay the pass allowing Sule to mop up. Ten minutes left for the holders to save their World Cup or go the way of France in 2002 and Spain in 2014.


      4:37pm

      79 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Two horribly heavy touches from Muller betray how shonky his form is. Brandt finally comes on, for Hector. Reus takes the corner and floats it straight down Cho's throat.


      4:36pm

      77 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      A weak header from Hummels invites South Korea to have a run at Neuer with the entire Germany team ahead of the ball. But Kimmich gets back smartly to intervene.


      4:35pm

      75 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Werner is popping up all over the place left wing, right wing. He needs to get in the box. South Korea are tiring but Germany can still make no inroads.


      4:33pm

      74 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Kim heads out a left-wing cross for a corner. Kroos takes and hits the first defender. Sweden are now 3-0 up against Mexico.


      4:31pm

      72 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Reus plays a neat triangle with Ozil and Kimmich then pings in a low cross through the six-yard box. Gomez gets there to try to flick it across goal and in at the far post with a right-foot shot but the defender gets in his way.
      4:29pm

      70 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Kroos slices a left-foot shot into the crowd from just outside the area. South Korea sub: Ju replaces Moon.


      4:28pm

      68 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Gomez, a header from the center of goal, connecting with Kimmich's cross. He had made the perfect run across goal to lose Kim but steered the header too centrally to beat Cho.


      4:27pm

      66 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Moon wastes an exceptional opportunity when he works a shooting opportunity in the box having picked the lock with some zippy passing. But instead of shooting he tries to beat Hummels a second time and work it on to his right foot, giving the defender the chance to pinch it off his toe.


      4:25pm

      65 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Son is wrongly booked for diving when obstructed by Reus running across him.


      4:24pm

      63 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Sweden is now 2-0 up against Mexico. From a Germany corner, Cho makes a rare flap at the ball and lets it out to the far post where Werner traps it then scuffs a shot wide from a couple of meters.


      4:22pm

      63 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Low is sending Muller on next. Goretzka is the one to go off. Ozil, a minute ago, had a shooting opportunity from 20m but shifted it to his left to Kroos instead whose angle was worse and oath to goal more congested.


      4:20pm

      61 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Hummels gallops forward, trying to do a Rojo. Ozil spins a left-foot cross over the inside-left channel to try to stick it on his Kopf but it's too far ahead of him. Why doesn't Low put Julian Brandt on?


      4:18pm

      59 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      South Korea is playing the perfect cagey style to thwart Germany, staying very compact in midfield and defense and then giving them kittens on the break.


      4:17pm

      57 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      For the love of football, Germany needs to do something. Khedira goes off and Gomez comes on.


      4:16pm

      56 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Koo is taken off by South Korea and he is replaced by Hwang.


      4:15pm

      53 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Kimmich shoots. Khedira shoots. South Korea blocks both. If nothing changes Germany are going home tonight. If Germany recover to win 1-0 and the other game stays at a 1-0 victory for Sweden, Mexico is out. It's topsy-turvy all right.
      4:12pm

      51 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Ozil cuts a cross back from the left byline after a snappy passing move that used the angles to create space. He chips a cross to the near post where Werner meets it on the volley with his right foot but has to cut across it to try to swerve it off the outside of his boot. Instead, it comes off true and flashes wide.


      4:10pm

      49 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Sweden has scored and gone into a 1-0 lead. Germany needs to win to stay alive in 2018. Hummels makes a superb sliding tackle on Son as the South Korea forward was about to shoot at the end of a slippery, serpentine run.


      4:09pm

      48 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Terrific save from Cho. Kimmich, cranking up the pace, stands up an excellent cross and Goretzka meets it crisply and steers it towards the bottom left corner. The keeper swoops to his left to push it away from the onrushing forwards.


      4:06pm

      46 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Here we go again and Jung gets an early shot away, something of a toe-bonker that scuds through to Neuer. The other game is still 0-0 which means, should it stay this way, Germany would go through in second place having beaten Sweden in the head-to-head.


      3:57pm

      Look how high the Germany full-backs are


      But the problem they have is that Werner is also dropping out to the left, getting in Hector's way and also leaving the box alarmingly vacant of attackers at times.
      3:51pm

      Halftime


      Well, that wasn't very good by Germany. No pace, no cutting edge and they don't seem to have a great deal of belief either.


      3:49pm

      45+3 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Son wins a challenge with a dubiously raised boot that incenses Sule but the referee lets him play on and scuff a volley through a thicket of legs from 15m wide.


      3:48pm

      45+2 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Reus's cross is stabbed away at full-stretch by Yun and Ozil picks it up to shoot. He wraps his right foot around it but the ball deflects off a raised leg and goes behind for a corner that comes to nothing.


      3:46pm

      44 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Khedira stands up when Son tries to pull him down the right of the box with a couple of stepovers and 'lollipops'. He falls over Hummels' leg once he runs out of the road and asks hopefully but without conviction for a penalty. Nothing doing. Germany looks alarmingly vulnerable when South Korea increase the tempo and fizz the ball forward accurately. They're thwarting them with defensive numbers in the box so far but they can't keep inviting danger and get away with it.


      3:43pm

      42 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Werner hits the post with a snapshot from 10m when he tries to end some penalty box pinball with a decisive left-foot cannon. Welcome to Brandt's world.


      3:41pm

      40 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Werner peels off to the back post for the corner but it comes to him on the floor and he takes a touch then tries to play in Hummels for a shot from 5m. He finds the defender but Lee Yong and Kim throw themselves into the line to block.


      3:40pm

      37 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Nice touch from Ozil after Werner snaps into Yun who thought he had more time. Werner carries on his run across goal after laying it off and Ozil dinked the return through the inside-right channel. Werner shapes to shoot and let us fly but Kim blocks him on the half-turn and the ball spoons over the bar for a corner.


      3:37pm

      35 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Germany is Arsenal it around the 18-yard line from side to side. Constantly probing as if probing was the greatest of all objectives. All foreplay and no how's your father. Ozil's years at the Emirates have infected him and he, in turn, has infected Germany.


      3:35pm

      33 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Goretzka pokes a clever pass through to Reus who let's fly with a shot inside the area that hits Yun and bounces back at Reus, striking him on the back of the hand. Nothing he could do to prevent that or move his arm but the referee nonetheless penalizes him. Free-kick to South Korea.


      3:33pm

      31 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Kroos is playing well and Ozil has made some nicely angled passes but Germany is playing too slowly. They need an injection of pace. Even haste would be good.


      3:31pm

      29 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Yun, who headed Werner's bludgeoned cross behind, has to go off for treatment and South Korea defend the corner with 10 men competently.


      3:30pm

      27 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Werner has antelope pace and is set up by Ozil's tremendous pass down the left of the area. He accelerates and stabs in a cross but South Korea, once again, scramble it away.


      3:28pm

      24 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Jonathan Pearce is decidedly not for me. Lee Yong is freed by a left to right diagonal and he flays in low outswinging cross. Lee Jae-sung attacks it with his head but Hummels cranes his neck to win it. The ball goes up vertically and Son is first to it when it drops but the time in the air allows Khedira to close him down and mess up with his composure and connection. Here are the two sides of Neuer:


      Neuer spills Jung's free-kick CREDIT: LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES


      But then courageously recovers CREDIT: REUTERS/DYLAN MARTINEZ


      3:23pm

      21 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Kimmich gets to the byline, bullocking forward as usual, and floats in a cross that required some urgency. Goretzka takes a running jump more out of hope for a handling error than expectation but Cho easily gathers it.
      3:21pm

      18 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Neuer's soapy hands spill Jung's dipping, swerving free-kick. Son races in but Neuer, having made the error, leaps to his feet and paws it away from the lunging South Korea captain. That was a close shave. The aura of invincibility has long gone and now the aura of confidence has gone west, too. It was a foolish challenge from Khedira that conceded the free-kick 25m out.


      3:18pm

      15 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      That corner came to nothing as did one half a minute later when Sule glanced it on and Koo challenges Goretzka to the knock-down. Neither connects with the ball but crash into each other and Koo falls heavily. Play carries on but then the referee calls a halt for treatment.


      3:15pm

      13 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Germany slice the South Korea defense apart in the gap between Kim and Yong. Reus pelts towards the byline With Werner and Goretzka in support but tries to pick out the wrong player. Werner was better placed and the ball is deflected behind for a corner.


      3:13pm

      11 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Moon is the next perpetrator of an aggressive foul, sliding in with reckless abandon to chop Kimmich off at the ankles. Ozil's passing is opening up the opposition defense. A minute ago he spun a pass out wide to Kimmich who whipped in a menacing cross that South Korea bundled away but Kimmich came back smartly and won a free-kick. Kroos bends in the free-kick to the near post looking for Khedira but Kim beats him to it and partially clears.


      3:09pm

      9 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Yellow card for Jung who slides in late on Hector by the left touchline and clatters his shinpads.


      3:08pm

      7 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Ozil plays a decent long pass on the ground for Hector to chase but the left-back cannot make it and it skips out of play. Decent idea, though.


      3:07pm

      5 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Werner takes the ball in the inside-left channel 25m from goal, turns on the afterburners and beats Jung and threads a pass through to Reus who is forced into the corner by Lee Yong. Good tackle. From the restart, Reus is found with a crafty ball over the top, chipped diagonally from right to left and he, with his back to goal, tries to hook a volley past Cho but doesn't get it to bend back in.
      3:04pm

      4 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Better from Ozil who rides two strong tackles and loses his boot in the second. South Korea retreat in two compact banks of four to squeeze the play. Kimmich, trying to find some room, runs out of it and is tackled on the touchline. South Korea throw.


      3:03pm

      3 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Jang and Lee Jae-sung combine up the right, win a throw-in of Hector and the two team up again to free Lee Jae-sung on a run into the box. His cross is too long, though, and Germany ushers it away. No dynamism so far, not the intent.


      3:01pm

      1 min: South Korea 0-0 Germany


      Germany kicks off in sweltering midafternoon heat. Ozil gets an early touch and works it back to the keeper and they begin to build patiently from the back but concede a free-kick just inside the South Korea half when they lose it.


      2:57pm

      Germany is wearing green
      Back to their best away colors. South Korea is in red.


      2:56pm

      The South Korea players


      Are giving the anthem a belt and Hong Chul even salutes all the way through. Quite a quiet German anthem gave the number of fans in the stadium.


      2:51pm

      In the BBC studio


      We have Alan Shearer, Didier Drogba, and fresh from his amour fou with Lionel Messi last night, Jermaine Jenas. Plus Gary 'Links' Lineker, of course.


      2:36pm

      And a word from Philipp Lahm

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      2:32pm

      Death of the Raumdeuter?


      Pseuds like to categorize things and better still to conjure up an entirely new classification. And Thomas Müller fell into one all his own, 'the interpreter of space'. Perhaps he will find it easier late in the game to find the raw materials he needs to show him at his best. Perhaps not, because even after Jupp Heynckes' devoted rehabilitation job this season on him, Müller just doesn't seem the same threat. He seems bemused that the old magic act, appearing rather than disappearing, has been rumbled.



      Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos (C) leads his teammates during warm ups ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between South Korea and Germany 
      A much-changed Germany prepare for the match against South Korea CREDIT: LUIS ACOSTA/AFP
      Having said that, Özil, on form, should have been struggling to get into the squad, never mind the team. Will there be a twitch on the thread from him today, that demonstrates that his talent and drive, long in hibernation, arises. Wake up, Rip. You've been asleep for a hundred years.


      2:17pm

      Four personnel changes for South Korea


      South Korea Cho Hyun-woo; Lee Yong, Yun Young-sun, Hong Chul, Kim Young-Gwon; Jang Hyun-soo, Jung Seung-Hyun, Koo Ja-Cheol; Lee Jae-sung, Moon Seon-min; Son Heung-min.


      So, Kim Min-woo, Ju Se-jong, Ki Sung-Yeong and Hwang Hee-chan are out while there are positional changes for Kim Young-Gwon and Jang Hyun-soo.


      2:06pm

      Five changes in total for Germany and Muller dropped


      Hummels returns after injury for the suspended Boateng, Sule replaces Rudiger. Khedira is back in central midfield with Goretzka in Draxler's role in front. Muller has been benched while Ozil takes his place on the right.
      2:03pm

      The South Korea team






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      2:03pm

      Big changes for Germany


      And Ozil's return is one of them:





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      1 Neuer (C)
      3 Hector
      5 Hummels
      6 Khedira
      8 Kroos
      9 Werner
      10 Özil
      11 Reus
      14 Goretzka
      15 Süle
      18 Kimmich
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      1:59pm

      Group F permutations


      Mexico needs one more point against Sweden to be certain of progressing as group winners. Second place is still a three-way tussle: Germany will qualify if they beat South Korea and Sweden do not beat Mexico by a bigger margin. Sweden will qualify if they beat Mexico and Germany fail to beat South Korea, or if they win by a bigger margin than Joachim Low's side. Most improbably, South Korea could qualify if they beat Germany by three goals, and Sweden loses.
      1:53pm

      Rallying to the Mannschaft cause


      From two of the semi-final victors of South Korea from 2002:
       And a 1990 winner:
      1:43pm

      Cut out the 300 minutes


      And help yourself to the result by virtue of the Telegraph's AI brain, the lovechild of pure logic and an Adidas Jabulani.


      1:35pm

      Normal service resumed ...


      No one could accuse Italy in 1982 of starting the World Cup with brio nor Spain in 2010 and most eventual winners have suffered some extraordinary knife-edge moments on their way to victory. None, however, have looked as cooked after 180 minutes of football plus an extra four of added time on Saturday night as Germany. Down to 10 men against Sweden after Jerome Boateng's overdue red card, Toni Kroos hauled them off the canvas and threw a divine roundhouse that unexpectedly won the game and kept their hopes of a defense alive.


      That moment of class doesn't obliterate all that preceded it but in truth, while attack, midfield, and defence have oscillated between flakiness, sterility and occasional inspiration, enough signs of the latter (including Julian Brandt's woodwork rattling power that needs only a minor recalibration to be effective) give them a puncher's chance. We have had enough evidence over the years - USA 94, France 98, Euro 2000, Euro 2004 - that the old cliche about never writing off the Germans is the most blatant halfwittery. When they look bad, they sometimes, but not always, are bad.


      We will find out today whether Joachim Löw has been able to instill any coherence into the general play that makes them a proper threat as a team rather than relying so heavily on Kroos. As for South Korea, one would hope that they could channel the level of commitment that Alex Ferguson once called 'obscene' when already relegated West Ham spitefully hobbled Manchester United in the title race.


      They had their moments against Mexico, unsettling the defense and should have managed a draw against Sweden. Son Heung-min has the kind of relentless play, and Bundesliga experience, to know how to cow Germany's brittle defense. But they are going to need spirit, ambition and a clinical ruthlessness that has been all too absent to knock the champions out and give themselves the slimmest hope of going through.


      Source: The Telegraph

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