Holders Germany sensationally crashed OUTof the first round of the World Cup for the first time since 1938 after losing 2-0 to South Korea, with VAR used to award two injury-time goals.

2018 World Cup


Match Events

9′ Yellow Card! Jung Woo-Young booked

19′ Neuer mistake almost gifts goal to Korea!

23′ Yellow Card! Lee Jae-Sung II booked

24′ Son Heung-Min’s shot wide out!

39′ CHANCE! Hummels’ shot saved!

47′ Goretzka’s header saved by Cho Hyun-Woo!

51′ Werner’s shot wide out!

58′ Khedira replaced by Gomez!

65′ Yellow Card! Son Heung-Min booked

66′ Moon Seon-Min wastes a golden chance!

78′ Son Heung-Min’s shot wide out!

92: GOAL! South Korea 1-0 Germany (Kim Young-Gwon)

Son delivers the corner and Jang flicks it on into the box but as he does, it takes a touch off the foot of Kroos before Kim pokes it home from the middle of the six yard box.

96: GOAL! South Korea 2-0 Germany (Son Heung-Min)

Neuer is high, high up the field and Ju rounds the goalkeeper before playing a fantastic long ball down the field for Son to latch on to.

Match reports

South Korea dumped Germany out of the World Cup thanks to a 2-0 win in Kazan on Wednesday, both goals netted in stoppage time.

Holders Germany sensationally crashed out of the first round of the World Cup for the first time since 1938 after losing 2-0 to South Korea, with VAR used to award two injury-time goals.

Joachim Low’s side went into the game needing to match or better Sweden’s result against Mexico, but they failed to break down Korea’s dogged resistance and were undone at the last, while the Scandinavians romped to a 3-0 victory.

If World Cup-winning head coach Low thought his problems were behind him after a superb second half in Germany’s 2-1 win over Sweden in their second Group F game, he was wrong, and the inclusion of Mesut Ozil in the front four did little to inspire his turgid team.

Korea, with nothing to play for but pride, gave everything they had in hot conditions in Kazan and got their reward in stoppage time when Kim Young-gwon struck from close range and had an offside decision overturned by VAR before Son Heung-min raced clear of the German defence and rolled the ball into an empty net.

Whether Germany’s failure spells the end of Low’s glorious era in charge of the national team remains to be seen, but he will certainly face questions as to why his side were so desperately lacking in cohesion and urgency when the stakes were so high.


Korea Republic XI: Kim Young-Gwon, Koo Ja-Cheol, Son Heung-Min, Yun Young-Sun, Hong Chul, Lee Yong, Jung Woo-Young, Hyun-Soo Jang, Moon Seon-Min, Cho Hyun-Woo, Lee Jae-Sung

Subs: Ki Sung-yueng, Ko Yo-Han, Kim Seung-gyu, Park Joo-Ho, Kim Jin-hyeon, Kim Shin-Wook, Kim Min-Woo, Oh Ban-Suk, Ju Se-Jong, Hwang Hee-Chan, Jung Seung-Hyun, Lee Seung-Woo

Germany XI: Manuel Neuer, Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Marco Reus, Jonas Hector, Niklas Süle, Leon Goretzka, Timo Werner, Joshua Kimmich

Subs: Mario Gomez, Thomas Müller, Sebastian Rudy, Kevin Trapp, Ilkay Gündogan, Marc-André ter Stegen, Marvin Plattenhardt, Julian Draxler, Antonio Rüdiger, Matthias Ginter, Julian Brandt


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