2018-06-27 12:27:03
Germany Crashes Out of World Cup with Loss to South Korea

12:27, June 27 194 0

Germany humiliatingly crashed out of the World Cup with a 2-0 loss to South Korea in Kazan Wednesday, failing to even advance to the knockout round in its attempt to repeat as champions.

Germany, inert in its attack all World Cup long, took 26 shots but mostly failed to trouble South Korean goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-Woo.

In the other Group F match, Sweden defeated Mexico 3-0 to advance on top of the group, while Mexico also advanced thanks to the South Korean victory.

[See how Sweden beat Mexico by clicking here.]

Here’s how South Korea beat Germany:

It’s all over! The defending World Cup champions are out!

Sweden and Mexico advance out of Group F.

Son Heung-Min doubles the South Korean lead.German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had gone forward as Germany desperately searched for an equalizer and winner.

South Korea booted the ball forward, and Son tracked it down with no German defenders back, and rolled it into the empty net.

Hummels with another header, but he pops it over the goal.

South Korea goal ruled offside — then onside after review! Off the corner, the ball squirted through to Kim Young-Gwon on the back post. After taking a touch to steady himself, Kim blasts it off Neuer’s foot and in.

South Korea has a corner kick, and as you might expect it’s walking about as slowly as possible to take it.

Lee Yong is down getting treatment, as American referee Mark Geiger gives 6 minutes of stoppage time.

Toni Kroos with another shot from outside the box, but it’s too close to Jo Hyeon-Woo, who smothers it.

Germany chance! Mats Hummels runs free into the box for a Mesut Ozil cross but mistimes the flick of his neck and the ball goes off his shoulder.

Marco Reus and Toni Kroos have both taken dangerous looking shots from outside the box but can’t get them on frame.

The fact that Reus and Kroos are resorting to shots from outside the box tells you how stout the South Korean defense has been.

Germany once again camped out in front of the South Korea goal and gets two half-chances but can’t get off a solid shot.

A chance for Germany on one end as a ball slips through the box. A chance for South Korea on the other, but the counter attack is wasted. Ten seconds later Germany is back in front of South Korea’s goal but is called offside.

Korea chance! Son Heung-Min drags his shot from the corner of the box just wide!

Germany with their final change, pulling defender Jonas Hector for Julian Brandt.

Mexico concedes another, and they’re being absolutely trounced by Sweden. Mexico really needs South Korea to hold on here.

South Korea consistently has 10 men behind the ball. Only Son Heung-Min is staying high in anticipation of a counter attack.

Toni Kroos with a desperation 25-yard shot that goes well over.

Mario Gomez with a powerful header, but it’s right at the South Korean goalkeeper.

Pulsing end-to-end action here, as both midfields seem to have disappeared, which perhaps isn’t surprising considering Germany has taken off two midfielders for forwards. South Korea is having a lot more success on the counter attack now.

Son Heung-Min goes down in the box and the referee blows the whistle .... to call Son for diving. He’s yellow carded.

In the other game, Sweden has scored a penalty to go up 2-0. A German goal now would put Germany through.

And now Thomas Müller on for Leon Goretzka. Germany really going for the jugular here.

Koo Ja-Cheol hobbles off the field with support, replaced by Hwang Hee-Chan, who plays for Red Bull Salzburg in Austria.

After some nice interplay, Timo Werner slices wide a volley from the penalty spot. They haven’t scored, but Germany’s players have already had better chances than in the first half.

Sweden scores in the other game! This should light a fire under Germany, because as things stand they’re going out of the World Cup.

This time it’s Moon Seon-Min. It’s South Korea’s third yellow card of the day and ninth of the tournament, the most of any team.

German chance! Leon Goretzka pops free eight yards out and gets a solid head to a cross, but Jo Hyeon-Woo dives and pushes it aside.

South Korea immediately tests Manuel Neuer from outside the box, but this time he comfortably holds onto the ball.

Was Jogi Low’s halftime talk enough to inspire the Germans to a goal?

Germany has had all the possession but just two shots on goal, neither of them particularly dangerous. Even if Germany advances to the knockout round, it’s hard to imagine it going much further given how weak its attack has been.

In the other Group F game, Mexico-Sweden are also tied 0-0. As things stand, Germany and Sweden would both have 4 points, but Germany would advance on tiebreakers.

After three minutes of stoppage time, Mark Geiger blows the half to a close. Still no goals on either side.

Timo Werner slams an open shot after the whistle is blown for a foul ... and it goes off the post, which is a pretty good metaphor for the German attack this morning.

Germany seems to have fixed the “vulnerable to counter attacks behind its full backs” problem but not the “can’t really score a goal” one.

After a corner Mats Hummels has the ball six yards out from goal but can’t get it out from his feet for a shot before South Korean keeper Jo Hyeon-Woo pounces on it.

At least you can say this about the German performance: I can’t remember the last time South Korea had the ball for more than about four seconds.

Both teams need as many goals as they can get, but neither squad has come particularly close so far. This quiet half isn’t what we were expecting (or hoping for).

Every single German pass, cross, shot or dribble near the South Korean goal has been met ably by a South Korean defender.

Germany is just camped out in front of the South Korean goal but hasn’t come particularly close to finding a quality shot.

According to FIFA, Germany has had 70 percent of the possession, and has completed four times as many passes as South Korea.

Now Lee Jae-Sung picks up a yellow card. South Korea seems to be fouling Germany every few minutes.

Manuel Neuer almost gifted South Korea a goal!

Koo Ja-Cheol put a free kick directly at Neuer, but he fumbled it. Neuer was barely able to recover in time and punch the rebound away from an on-rushing Son Heung-Min.

What is it with the best goal keepers in the World at this world cup? Against Portugal, David de Gea also bobbled a shot from outside the box, but unlike Neuer, his error resulted in a goal.

Christopher Clarey: Neuer 2018 is still a long way from Neuer 2014. Hard to imagine him struggling to hold on to a free kick like that in peak form.

Germany misses a golden opportunity. After dispossessing South Korea near its own goal, Timo Werner is wide open on the back post. But Leon Goretzka opts for a pass on the ground that is deflected out instead of crossing it to Werner.

Korea made a few attacking forays early, but the last 5 minutes Germany has had the entirety of the possession.

Christopher Clarey: So Joachim Löw made his point with Ozil and Khedira by benching them last game. We’ll see if they take the hint back on the field.

Nice atmosphere in the stadium, but once you’ve been to a Peru game, everything else seems quiet

Emphatic yellow card for Jung Woo-Young, who took out Jonas Hector sliding for the ball near midfield.

A cagey start, with neither team having a good attempt on goal yet.

It was above 80 degrees at kickoff in Kazan. After their grueling victory over Sweden, a number of German players talked about their tiredness and cramps, which is perhaps why they made five changes to their starting lineup.

We are off! Germany is in green, while South Korea is in red.