South Korea Send World Champions Germany Home

PICTURE: BBC

By Isaac Ndou

MOSCOW: World champions Germany conceded two injury-time goals to South Korea which saw them crash their dreams of defending their title as they finished bottom of the group. 

Germany came from a win over Sweden to keep their World Cup hopes were alive heading into the clash but they had to beat Korea to advance to the last 16 knockout stages.
 
 Manuel Nuer nearly gifted Korea a gift goal when he could keep in a free kick taken by Jung Woo-Young but Son Heungmin was unable to complete the follow-up. 
 
 The game continued in a hostile manner as no chances were being created until Mats Hummels came close to getting the opener for Germany but unfortunately missed from his effort from a corner in the 38th minute of the game. 
 
Germany came back into the second half with intent and nearly got their goal early in the second half when Mesut Ozil headed towards goal but Cho Hyun-woo pulled out a great save to deny the Germans the lead.
 
German coach Joachim got desperate as they were under threat of an elimination by bringing on Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez for some inspiration but nothing proved to be coming their way. 
 
The South Koreans spoiled Germany’s World Cup aspirations in stoppage time with a VAR controversial goal from Kim Young-woo who finished from close range to give his Nation a win in the World Cup in Russia.
 
Things got worse for the World Champions as they were stunned with a second goal after three minutes of added time through Son who caught Manuel upfield and slotted the ball into an empty net. 
 
The Germans exit the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the group stages as they loss saw them finish bottom of Group F with 3 Points. Sweden and Mexico progress to round 16.