South Korea v Germany: Reus and Werner wary of pace and Son

South Korea v Germany: Reus and Werner wary of pace and Son

Although Sami Khedira justifiably made way for Sebastian Rudy (who then broke his nose and was replaced by Ilkay Gundogan), there were still gaps in midfield, and it was too easy to get at the German defence.

Never write off the Germans.

Sweden had scored in the first half on a clever counterattack, and with its one goal secured, chose to settle into some of the most defensive football seen at the World Cup so far.

Germany will guarantee their spot in the last-16 if they better Sweden's result and goal haul against Mexico.

Their win over the Swedes has been tarnished somewhat by the unsavoury touchline scenes that marred their celebrations after Kroos' goal.

South Korea head coach Shin Tae-yong: "We have systemic problems". It all has to come from us.

While the exuberant, post-match celebrations by Germany's coaching staff upset Sweden, they belied the champions' desire to show the rest of the world that their business in Russian Federation is far from over. It is about using all possibilities.

The Germans know all about Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min, who used to play for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.

The Germans face South Korea in the World Cup on Wednesday afternoon in Russian Federation, which will see RB Leipzig talisman Werner come up against 25-year-old Son for a place in the last 16. They have far more quality than South Korea in their squad and should secure a comfortable victory in this one.

Germany's Marco Reus, center, celebrates with Thomas Mueller after scoring his side's opening goal during the group F match between Germany and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia.

The last meeting between these clubs was a 2004 friendly, a match South Korea won 3-1.

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

Germany coach Joachim Low has insisted that the world champions need Mesut Ozil if they are to progress through the World Cup. Give me the over three goals.

Joachim Loew's team need to win by a two-goal margin in Kazan to be sure of advancing to the knockout rounds after recovering from a shock defeat to Mexico with a last-gasp 2-1 win against Sweden.

Germany have won 15 of their last 17 competitive matches (D1 L1) since losing 2-0 to France at Euro 2016.

After missing out in the last World Cup as well as the European Championships due to injuries, the Borussia Dortmund superstar is relishing the chance of playing in his first major global tournament.

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