Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Jerome Boateng responds to Germany's World Cup "disaster"

Jerome Boateng responds to Germany's World Cup

In a shocking upset, South Korea has beaten Germany in the World Cup, denying the defending champions a chance to advance beyond the first round. In a wide open Group F, all they could hope was an upset result in the other match featuring defending champion Germany against South Korea.

Germany recovered from their opening defeat to Mexico by snatching a dramatic win over Sweden courtesy of a stoppage-time goal from Toni Kroos.

For South Korea there was jubilation in collecting a first World Cup win over Germany in three attempts. In 2002, the group failed to reach France, in 2010, the same failure had overtaken Italy, and four years ago of a place in the playoffs was not Spain.

"We didn't really get into that tournament".

Structural issues have blighted Germany's campaign and Korea's late surges again showed them to be tearing at the seams.

Although very few could have expected this to have happened - it wasn't seen as a complicated set of fixtures to maneouvre them through to the knockout phase - but maybe we could have all taken a note from relatively recent history. Mexico, however, will also advance despite the heavy loss, thanks to South Korea. The official had to check with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) before confirming the goal, but it was good.

The Asians, however, were also unsafe on the counter-attack and a couple of times carved opportunities to keep Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on his toes.

Tottenham striker Son Heung-min then rolled the ball into an empty net to turn the screw with German keeper Manuel Neuer stranded up-field to make it 2-0. Suele made his first World Cup appearance as a replacement for Jerome Boateng.

"We were playing for the Korean people", said Cho, a cult figure at home for his ostentatious, orange bouffant. Sweden's comprehensive lead over Mexico put Germany into prime position to advance as well - provided the Germans could score against the South Koreans.

Saudi Arabia took third place in Group A behind Uruguay and Russian Federation with one win and two losses, while Iran were No. 3 in Group B with one win, one draw and one loss behind Spain and Portugal. But the strategy did not bring much success in the first half.

After failing to find a way past superb Korea 'keeper Jo Hyeonwoo in the second half, Germany could only look on in shock as USA referee Mark Geiger called for the video assistant referee to intervene after the unmarked Kim Younggwon had bundled his shot past Neuer from a corner early in stoppage time.

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