Defending Champions Germany Must Beat South Korea


Germany can still finish atop Group F and take a priority place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup round of 16, but they will need a convincing win over South Korea on Wednesday to do so.

South Korea have lost both their Group F games in Russian Federation but could yet reach the knockout phase by beating Germany while Mexico defeat Sweden.

Sweden aim to take their festering anger and use it to their advantage on the pitch against Mexico, said the centre-back.

"I think that won't change".

"We are going to make the most of it in spite of everyone, and we going to try to win. That will not have an impact on our style of play and our strategy".

After narrow defeats to Mexico and Sweden, South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong summed up his team's situation neatly, describing them as "a drowning man clutching at a straw". While numerous squad's players have turned in disappointing performances considering their dominant 2014 World Cup campaign, Reus has remained a consistent scoring threat and will likely pose a major challenge to South Korea's defense.

"I appreciated the spirit of the team, we never lost hope", he said.

"They are fast and technically gifted". We have all to gain and win and mentally we are very, very strong.

Adding to the sour atmosphere, Swedish substitute Jimmy Durmaz was subjected to death threats and racial abuse online by Swedish fans blaming the winger for conceding the free-kick that led to the victor.

Two of the best teams in worldwide soccer go into their final group matches in danger of being bounced from the World Cup.

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Joachim Low's side came back from the brink in their previous outing against Sweden, ultimately winning 2-1 after falling behind in the first half.

Germany were shocked in their opening match in Russian Federation by Mexico, and they needed a goal in stoppage time from Toni Kross to pull out a 2-1 victory over Sweden.

South Korea have lost their last four World Cup matches in a row, their joint-worst run - they also lost four in a row between 1986 and 1990.

Despite two victories in two games, Mexico's future in the World Cup is almost as unsettled as it was when the team landed in Russian Federation three weeks ago.

However, Germany manager Low has insisted that the Arsenal star still does have a role to play for his side at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Following the vote, Maradona told Telesur that he did not like the decision to have the three countries host the 2026 World Cup, due to their lack of success and passion for the sport.

Germany have won all five of their World Cup games against Asian opponents, scoring 19 goals in total and keeping clean sheets in their last three.

But after a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, Brazil needed two injury-time goals to pull out a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica.

The former Bayer Leverkusen star has certainly reached his best under the Argentine boss, clocking up 140 appearances for Spurs.

"The best things about dreams is to share them, share them with people like you who are dreamers", he said Tuesday. That's what makes this game very awkward for Sweden.