World Cup 2018: Defending Champion Germany Crashes Out

  • South Korea 2-0 Germany
  • Kim goal given after VAR (90+1)
  • Son makes it two in open goal (90+6)
  • Group F match
  • T’S ALL OVER! Germany are out of the World Cup.

What. A. Finish. Incredible.

Germany did not look at the races from kick off and despite an improved second half performance, they could not get past a well drilled South Korea defence, with VAR handing South Korea the opening goal in the 91st minute before Son netted a second five minutes later, deep into injury time.

The Germans – players and fans – are in tears and they have never exited at the World Cup group stages as we know them now. They have never really looked like defending their title and they will head home now.


Team to play South Korea: Neuer, Hector, Hummels, Sule, Kimmich, Khedira, Kroos, Ozil, Reus, Goretzka, Werner.

Subs: Trapp, Plattenhardt, Ginter, Draxler, Muller, Rudiger, Rudy, Brandt, Gundogan, Gomez, ter Stegen.


Team to play Germany: Hyeon-Woo Jo, Yong Lee, Young-Sun Yun, Chul Hong, Young-Kwon Kim, Woo-Young Jung, Jae-Sung Lee, Seon-Min Moon, Hyun-Soo Jang, Heung-Min Son, Ja-Cheol Koo.

Subs: Seung-Gyu Kim, Jin-Hyeon Kim, Seung-Hyun Jung, Ban-Suk Oh, Joo-Ho Park, Min-woo Kim, Yo-Han Go, Se-Jong Ju, Sung-Yueng Ki, Shin-Wook Kim, Seung-Woo Lee, Hee-Chan Hwang.


  • Two of the three matches between South Korea and Germany have been at World Cup finals, with the Germans winning both contests (1994, 2002).
  • The most recent World Cup meeting between South Korea and Germany was at the Koreans’ home World Cup in 2002, with the hosts losing 1-0 in the semi-finals.
  • South Korea’s only victory against Germany came in a friendly match in 2004 (3-1).
  • Germany have won all five of their World Cup games against Asian opponents, scoring 19 goals in total and keeping clean sheets in each of their last three.
  • South Korea have lost their last four World Cup matches in a row, their joint-worst run – they also lost four in a row between 1986 and 1990.
  • Germany’s victory over Sweden was their first at the World Cup when conceding first since 1998, a 2-1 win over Mexico.
  • Son Heung-Min attempted eight shots in South Korea’s defeat to Mexico – three more than South Korea managed in their opening match against Sweden (five shots).
  • Germany have won 15 of their last 17 competitive matches (D1 L1) since losing 2-0 to France at Euro 2016.

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