PV Sports Desk : World Cup is over for defending champions Germany.
Defending world champions Germany crashed out of the World Cup after a shock 2-0 loss to South Korea on Wednesday, courtesy of two stoppage-time goals. South Korea’s Kim Young-gwon scored in added time following a video review and Son Heung-min added another goal just before the final whistle.
The four-time winners, who had not been eliminated in a World Cup first round since 1938, were a shadow of their once dominant selves, managing only two goals in their three group games.
Germany forward Thomas Mueller was dropped for their crunch Group F clash against South Korea but his fellow World Cup winners Mezut Ozil and Sami Khedira were recalled to the starting lineup. Mueller has scored 10 goals over two World Cups but was relegated to the bench after drawing a blank in Germany’s first two matches in Russia, with attacking midfielder Leon Goretzka selected instead.
Ozil was also dropped for the Sweden game but has been restored to the midfield for the clash with the Koreans. Niklas Suele replaced the suspended Jerome Boateng in central defence alongside Mats Hummels, who returns in place of Antonio Ruediger after missing the last-gasp win over Sweden with a neck injury.
For South Korea, Jung Woo-young comes into the midfield for Ki Sung-yueng after the captain was ruled out of the match by a calf strain. Son Heung-min will wear the captain’s armband for the South Koreans.