For the Korean side, the encounter was always one for the pride and for Germany, it was a do-or-die situation for the second match in a row. Germany’s struggle with the counter-attacking sides had become of the most spoken topics in the tournament, with their loss against Mexico in the group opener.
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Further, Germany followed it up with a near loss against Sweden before their midfielder Toni Kroos bailed the side out with a fine-winner in the 95th minute of the encounter. If not for the Kroos finish, Germany would have been packed home by the Swedish side, who played better football on the night.
Stakes were high against the South Korean side, who failed to impress against either of the two sides in the group. With Germany against them in the final encounter, it was always a pressure of who wanted the win. For many parts of the game, Germany attacked and attacked hard and found little spaces at the back of the Korean defence.
Hummel’s misses a golden chance not once, but thrice:
For the first time in their World Cup history, Germany are eliminated in the group stage. pic.twitter.com/EG8eY0Sf4h
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Not once, twice but thrice did Bayern Munich’s defender Mats Hummels find the ball at his head for a finish. The 2014 World Cup goal-scorer Hummels could not convert either of the chances, which in the end cost Germans the game. However, it is fair to say that if your defender had to put the ball past the net, your team’s attackers aren’t at their peak form.
Safe to say, Germany’s attack looked toothless with the exclusion of Manchester City’s Leroy Sane. However, it wasn’t Sane who would have made the difference, only strikers and strikers would have made a difference for the German side who crosses were not met at the goal by the strikers.
On the other hand, the Korean side was resilient and kept much of the German attack at bay. Although they did get many an opportunity to cross the ball across the field to find a player unmarked, they could not take the advantage. However, they did score very late in the game, which came as a dagger for the German side.
In the 87th minute of the game, Kroos flicked a ball through the legs of Nikolas Sule, which reached the foot of the Korean player Kim, who tapped the ball home with the easiest of finishes. Kim’s goal against Germany was the biggest in Korea’s footballing history.
However, all was done as a Neuer at midfielder could not prevent the fast outbreak from the Korean side, which found Son wanting at the half-line to tap the ball home much to Germany’s amusement.