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."[1] 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 Koreans called this match 'The Miracle of Kazan' (Template:Lang-ko).[2] However, the Germans called it 'The Shame of Kazan' (Template:Lang-de).[3]


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.


First half

Second half


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GK 23 Jo Hyeon-woo
RB 2 Lee Yong
CB 5 Yun Young-sun
CB 19 Kim Young-gwon
LB 14 Hong Chul
RM 17 Lee Jae-sung Template:Yel
CM 15 Jung Woo-young Template:Yel
CM 20 Jang Hyun-soo
LM 18 Moon Seon-min Template:Yel Template:Suboff
CF 13 Koo Ja-cheol Template:Suboff
CF 7 Son Heung-min (c) Template:Yel
FW 11 Hwang Hee-chan Template:Subon Template:Suboff
MF 8 Ju Se-jong Template:Subon
DF 22 Go Yo-han Template:Subon
Shin Tae-yong
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GK 1 Manuel Neuer (c)
RB 18 Joshua Kimmich
CB 5 Mats Hummels
CB 15 Niklas Süle
LB 3 Jonas Hector Template:Suboff
CM 6 Sami Khedira Template:Suboff
CM 8 Toni Kroos
RW 14 Leon Goretzka Template:Suboff
AM 10 Mesut Özil
LW 11 Marco Reus
CF 9 Timo Werner
FW 23 Mario Gómez Template:Subon
FW 13 Thomas Müller Template:Subon
MF 20 Julian Brandt Template:Subon
Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Jo Hyeon-woo (South Korea)[4]

Assistant referees:[5]
Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Frank Anderson (United States)
Fourth official:
Julio Bascuñán (Chile)
Reserve assistant referee:
Christian Schiemann (Chile)
Video assistant referee:
Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Tiago Martins (Portugal)
Corey Rockwell (United States)
Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)


Statistic[6] South Korea Germany
Goals scored 2 0
Total shots 11 26
Shots on target 5 6
Ball possession 30% 70%
Corner kicks 3 9
Fouls committed 16 7
Offsides 0 1
Yellow cards 4 0
Red cards 0 0


The South Korea national football team set several records as a result of this match:

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.

See also


External links

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