'The ball is round' - South Korea plot Germany upset

30 June, 2018, 16:36 | Author: Judy Cobb
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Leicester striker Musa played in all three matches for Nigeria, scoring both goals in the 2-0 win over Iceland in Volgograd which had put the Super Eagles within touching distance of the last 16.

Forward Son Heung-min, South Korea's most influential player, echoed his coach's promise that the players would be unstinting in their efforts.

After a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in its opener, Germany recovered with a last-grasp win over Sweden and now hopes to build on the momentum to secure a convincing win against South Korea. "We believed until the end today".

But Sweden poured in three goals against them in the second half, not only putting themselves atop the group, but putting Mexico in danger of missing out on advancing altogether. France, Italy, Spain and now Germany - all have suffered from the similar faith and the one factor that was common with all these teams was complacency. "We deserved to be eliminated". "I'm incredibly disappointed by this elimination". "We need to draw the right conclusions".

Loew changed his line-up to mix youth with experience, calling back Hummels, Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil while also fielding Niklas Suele and new Bayern signing Leon Goretzka. He led the World Cup in saves after the second game against Korea with 14.

Germany made a nervous start, playing slower than it usually does to avoid being vulnerable on the break. It faces South Korea in Kazan on Wednesday.

Soon after, Son connected with a cross from Lee Yong, but his powerful strike from inside the box went wide.

He said: "It wasn't only Ozil, anumber of other players didn't perform as they normally would". Germany, one of the pre-tournament favorites, was out.

Gomez had a decent header stopped by Jo in the 68th minute and could not properly connect with a low cross from Kimmich in the 72nd as Germany's hopes vanished. A team featuring Pele, Garrincha and Jairzinho beat Bulgaria but 3-1 losses to Hungary and Portugal resulted in a first-round exit. Their title defence began with a catastrophic 5-1 loss to Holland - the team they had beaten in the 2010 final - and they were out two games in when Chile defeated Vicente Del Bosque's men 2-0. Sweden's 3-0 win over Mexico in the group's other match meant the pair advanced on six points apiece.


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