Germany boss opens up on team performance

Jo Caldwell
June 30, 2018

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert took the stiff-upper-lip approach, tweeting after the loss "Not our World Cup - that is sad!"

Son Heung-min made it 2-0 in the sixth minute of stoppage time after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer came up the field to help his teammates outside the South Korea box. "We will do our utmost". The result allowed Sweden and Mexico to advance.

The Germans had denied Guus Hiddink's South Korea a place in the 2002 final with a 1-0 win in Seoul after the co-hosts had ridden a wave of national footballing fervour to defeat Poland, Portugal, Italy and Spain on the way to the last four.

"They are very important players, strategically and mentally", Son said.

The Germans continued at the same pedestrian pace after halftime and Ozil had another poor display, with many of his passes uncompleted. Unfortunately they are injured.

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"Ki Sung-yueng is a pillar of our team. He is irreplaceable, but our morale is not too bad".

"Ki Sung-yueng's injury was something I'd never imagined, and it gives me a headache at the moment", he said. "He will be the one who earns the armband". Germany now needs to beat South Korea by at least two goals to be guaranteed a spot in the last 16.

The Kookmin Ilbo said the Koreans had gone, "From Prey to Predator". "And it's the same for Germany".

South Korea lost its opening two matches but still entered the game with a chance to advance. "We believed until the end today".

He said: "Until quite recently, we have probably been the most consistent, in terms of performance, team in the past 10, 12 years".

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Mexico vs Sweden and South Korea vs Germany will start at 7.30 pm IST while Serbia vs Brazil and Switzerland vs Costa Rica will start at 11.30 pm IST on Wednesday. Germany has conceded goals in its past seven matches and has been vulnerable to counterattacks since the start of the tournament.

Berliner Juhan Szok said he was disappointed, but was trying to be optimistic. As Sweden added one goal after another, it still remained 0-0 in Kazan.

Loew will be without midfielder Sebastian Rudy, who has not fully recovered from surgery on his broken nose, while defender Jerome Boateng is suspended after receiving a red card against Sweden. He is irreplaceable and the other players will have to make up for that loss.

"I take responsibility for that and stand up for that, but I thought it was a good team", Low said. "It was the same for the others and Khedira".

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