Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

The 2014 champions, who beat hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals en route to claiming the trophy, are out after finishing behind Sweden, Mexico and South Korea in Group F. "But there isn't a single reason or a single thing for why we failed", he said. Initially flagged offside, the goal has finally been allowed after a VAR review. If we go into the match with belief, we can win.

In Germany's second game of the World Cup against Sweden, Toni Kroos mistake led to Ola Toivonen's opening goal but Kroos had the last laugh when he whipped home a brilliant injury-time victor. With a win over Serbia that booked a spot into the knockout stage and a Germany loss to South Korea that saw the reigning champs crash out incredible early, it's safe to say that Brazil fans enjoyed two "wins" on Wednesday. "That's why we deserved to be eliminated, as bitter as it is".

Rudy started against Sweden after getting the nod over out-of-form Sami Khedira.

In the in-depth report, titled "Arrogant, miserly, divided", it's said that Kroos did not trust the Hertha Berlin left-back, who was making just his seventh appearance for his country, and making his World Cup debut.

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"We've had this situation - when the team was knocked out of the European Championship in 2004 after the group stage", he said. There were also rumors of a rift within the team between the Confederations Cup winners and the World Cup winners, while the mini-scandal involving Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan and their decision to pose for a photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also did not help the team's preparations.

Germany had its first clear chance just after the interval when right back Joshua Kimmich was set-up on the edge of the box and crossed the ball for the unmarked Goretzka, whose header aimed at the far corner was denied by goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo with a one-handed diving save.

Serbia understands that it needs spectacular play to continue its tournament. The Swansea midfielder is South Korea's most experienced player, with 104 appearances with the national team. However, Die Mannschaft suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico in their opening match to leave their group open for the taking.

Having lost 1-0 to Mexico, Toni Kroos' last-gasp victor against Sweden gave the Germans hope but Joachim Low's men not only failed to get past South Korea but lost 2-0 to finish bottom of the pile in Group F. All they needed was one goal from South Korea to breathe easy.

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