South Korea vs Germany, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates
G ermany 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.
Tottenhams Son Heung-min then added insult to injury scoring a 96th minute second Korean goal. Though South Korea do not go through to the knock-out stages, the win is the first in their history against Germany.
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 couldnt find the back of the net.
South Koreas 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 keepers quick hands. Centre-back Mats Hummels missed an open goal header in the 86th minute in what was Germanys best chance to grab a winner.
T he result meant that Mexico survive and will progress to the last-16 despite their 3-0 loss to Sweden, who go through as the group winners.
"Its hard to believe, but were actually out. Bye, World Cup! Thats not what we imagined."
F or 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.
O f champions being knocked out at the group stage: France in 2002, Italy in 2010, Spain inn 2014 and now Germany here.
T he winners of Group G, England or Belgium, will play Mexico in the Round of 16. The runners-up will play Sweden.
G ermany, deservedly, have lost and are out of the World Cup at the group stage for the first time in history.
O n we go. Brandt stings Chos palms. Corner that flies over the box. Back it comes in and Hummels heads it over.
S on scores. Germany are out.
H es onside. He was in his own half. Ju beats Neuer, whacks it 80m and Son sprints forward to tap it in.
N euer is on the halfway line but he loses the ball and South Korea knock it forward and score!
H ummels heads over the bar. Tell us about never writing Germany off now, Pearce. Tell us now.
A uf widereshen, pet!
Kim Young-gwon stabs a shot into the roof of the net.
V AR question? DId the ball come off Sule last? Yes, I think it did. The goal should stand and Germany will be out.
L ong delay while Lee Yongs possessions are counted.
L ee shoots against Sule and the ball ricochets over for a corner. That chance came after Lee Yong wore Krooss pass in the goolies. There will be six minutes of stoppage time.
N ow Kroos, feeding off scraps, takes a touch and then shoots, scuffing it low to Chos right and the keeper flops down to save easily.
H ummels misses a sitter. Picked out by Ozils right wing left-foot peach of a cross. Hummels, who had made 50m, blooters his header miles beyond the near post.
S outh Korea break again, four v three, and waste the chance with a misplaced pass.
O zil 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 defenders legs and watched as it ballooned up and over the bar.
W erner thinks he can creep round the back of the right back but cant control the pass and runs it into touch. Muller and Ozil cock up another attack.
K immich 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 Im going to scream.
T wice 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.
T wo 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 Chos throat.
W eak 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.
W erner 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.
K im heads out a left-wing cross for a corner. Kroos takes and hits the first defender. Sweden are now 3-0 up against Mexico.
R eus 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.
K roos slices a left-foot shot into the crowd from just outside the area. South Korea sub: Ju replaces Moon.
G omez, a header from the centre of goal, connecting with Kimmichs cross. He had made the perfect run across goal to lose Kim but steered the header too centrally to beat Cho.
M oon wastes an exceptional opportunity when he works a shooting opportunity in the box having picked the lock with a 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.
S on is wrongly booked for diving when obstructed by Reus running across him.
S weden are 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 metres.
L ow 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.
H ummels 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 its too far ahead of him. Why doesnt Low put Julian Brandt on?
S outh Korea are playing the perfect cagey style to thwart Germany, staying very compact in midfield and defence and then giving them kittens on the break.
F or the love of football, Germany need to do something. Khedira goes off and Gomez comes on.
K oo is taken off by South Korea and he is replacd by Hwang.
K immich shoots. Khedira shoots. South Korea block 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 are out. Its topsy-turvy all right.
O zil 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.
S weden have scored and gone into a 1-0 lead. Germany need 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.
T errific 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.
H ere 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.
B ut the problem they have is that Werner is also dropping out to the left, getting in Hectors way and also leaving the box alarmingly vacant of attackers at times.
W ell, that wasnt very good by Germany. No pace, no cutting edge and they dont seem to have a great deal of belief either.
S on 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.
R euss 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.
K hedira stands up when Son tries to gull him down the right of the box with a couple of stepovers and lollipops. He falls over Hummels leg once he runs out of road and asks hopefully but without conviction for a penalty. Nothing doing. Germany look alarmingly vulnerable when South Korea increase the tempo and fizz the ball forward accurately. Theyre thwarting them with defensive numbers in the box so far but they cant keep inviting danger and get way with it.
W erner hits the post with a snap shot from 10m when he tries to end some penalty box pinball with a decisive left-foot cannon. Welcome to Brandts world.
W erner 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.
N ice touch from Ozil after Werner snaps in to 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 lets fly but Kim blocks him on the half-turn and the ball spoons over the bar for a corner.
G ermany are Arsenaling 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 hows your father. Ozils years at the Emirates have infected him and he, in turn, has infected Germany.
G oretzka pokes a clever pass through to Reus who lets 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 penalises him. Free-kick to South Korea.
K roos is playing well and Ozil has made some nicely angled passes but Germany are playing too slowly. They need an injection of pace. Even haste would be good.
Y un, who headed Werners bludgeoned cross behind, has to go off for treatment and South Korea defend the corner with 10 men competently.
W erner has antelope pace and is set up by Ozils tremendous pass down the left of the area. He accelerates and stabs in a cross but South Korea, once again, scramble it away.
J onathan 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:
K immich 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.
N euers soapy hands spills Jungs 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.
T hat 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 connect with the ball but crash into each other and Koo falls heavily. Play carries on but then the referee calls a halt for treatment.
G ermany slice the South Korea defence 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.
M oon is the next perpetrator of an aggressive foul, sliding in with reckless abandon to chop Kimmich off at the ankles. Ozils passing is opening up the opposition defence. 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.
Y ellow card for Jung who slides in late on Hector by the left touchline and clatters his shinpads.
O zil 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.
W erner 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 form right to left and he, with his back to goal, tries to hook a volley past Cho but doesnt get it to bend back in.
B etter 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.
J ang 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 usher it away. No dynamism so far, not intent.
G ermany kick 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.
B ack to their best away colours. South Korea are in red.
A re giving the anthem a belt and Hong Chul even salutes all the way through. Quite a quiet German anthem given the number of fans in the stadium.
W e have Alan Shearer, Didier Drogba, and fresh from his amour fou with Lionel Messi last night, Jermaine Jenas. Plus Gary Links Lineker, of course.
P seuds like to categorise 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 doesnt seem the same threat. He seems bemused that the old magic act, appearing rather than disappearing, has been rumbled.
H aving 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. Youve been asleep for a hundred years.
S outh 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.
S o, 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.
H ummels returns after injury for the suspended Boateng, Sule replaces Rudiger. Khedira is back in central midfield with Goretzka in Draxlers role in front. Muller has been benched while Ozil takes his place on the right.
A nd Ozils return is one of them:
M exico need 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 Lows side. Most improbably, South Korea could qualify if they beat Germany by three goals, and Sweden lose.
F rom two of the semi-final victors of South Korea from 2002:
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A nd help yourself to the result by virtue of the Telegraphs AI brain, the lovechild of pure logic and an Adidas Jabulani.
N o one could accuse Italy in 1982 of starting the World Cup with brio nor Spain in 2010 and most eventual winners have suffered some extraordinarily 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 Boatengs 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 defence alive.
That moment of class doesnt 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 Brandts woodwork rattling power that needs only a minor recalibration to be effective) give them a punchers 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 sometines, but not always, are bad.
We will find out today whether Joachim Löw has been able to instil 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 defence and should have managed a draw against Sweden. Son Heung-min has the kind of relentless play, and Bundesliga experinece, to know how to cow Germanys brittle defence. 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.