South Korea v Germany (2018 FIFA World Cup)
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The South Korea versus Germany (Template:Lang-ko; Template:Lang-de) football match that took place on 27 June 2018 at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, was the third of 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Before the match, many people anticipated Germany to win, even South Koreans themselves. This match, however, ended in a loss for Germany, described by the BBC as "one of the biggest shocks in the competition's history." South Korea scored 2 goals in the 6 minutes of added time and the match ended 2–0. South Korean goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo was selected as the man of the match.
Due to losing this match, Germany was eliminated at the group stage. It was the first time that they dropped out of this stage since 1938. Despite South Korea's victory, they were also eliminated at group stage, since they were defeated in their previous matches against Sweden and Mexico. In order to make it past the group stage, South Korea had to win against Germany by at least 2 goals (which they did) and at the same time Mexico had to defeat Sweden. Unfortunately for South Korea, Mexico lost the match 3–0.
The two teams had previously faced each other three times, including at two FIFA World Cup games: one at the 2002 FIFA World Cup semi-finals, which ended with a 1–0 victory for Germany, and one at the 1994 FIFA World Cup group stage, a Germany 3–2 victory. On 19 December 2004, the two teams held their first friendly match. That match ended with a 3–1 victory for South Korea. This was the first time that Germany lost against an Asian team in their football history.
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The South Korea national football team set several records as a result of this match:
- First Asian team in FIFA World Cup to:
South Korea set another new record: the lowest ranking team (57th place) to win against the 1st place team in the FIFA rankings. The former record holder was Senegal national football team. In the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the Senegal national football team beat the France national football team 1 : 0. At that time, Senegal national football team was ranked 42nd, and France national football team was No.1. Korea was also the fourth team to win the World Cup with two goals or more against the German national soccer team, which was launched after the unification of Germany in 1990.
Meanwhile, their opponents also set several records. This match was the first time that Germany national football team:
- Were eliminated in the group stage.
- Lost against South Korea
- Lost against an Asian team.
- Failed to score against an Asian team.
Germany also, as a first:
- Were the top seed team of the group that lost against an Asian team on group stage.
- Were defending champions that lost against an Asian team.
- Were 1st in the FIFA rankings which lost against an Asian team.
- Emons, Michael (27 June 2018). "World Cup 2018: Germany out of tournament after losing to South Korea". BBC Sport. https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44439270. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- Rutherford, Peter (28 June 2018). "From prey to predator, Korea revels in German revenge" (in en). Reuters. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-soccer-worldcup-kor-ger-revenge/from-prey-to-predator-korea-revels-in-german-revenge-idUSKBN1JO0AX.
- Wöckener, Lutz (7 July 2018). "WM 2018: Kasan – an diesem Ort scheiterten Deutschland, Argentinien, Brasilien". DIE WELT. https://www.welt.de/sport/fussball/wm-2018/article178942910/WM-2018-Kasan-an-diesem-Ort-scheiterten-Deutschland-Argentinien-Brasilien.html. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- "Korea Republic v Germany – Man of the Match". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 27 June 2018. https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/match/300331532/#motm.
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