Defending champions Germany were seconds away from an embarrassing group stage exit in their previous match against Sweden, and now need to beat South Korea on Wednesday to secure qualification for the last 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup – here is how both teams will line up!
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FIFA World Cup, Group F
Teams: Germany vs South Korea
Date: 27 June 2018
Venue: Kazan Arena
Korea, meanwhile, have lost both their opening fixtures in Group F (0-1 against Sweden and 1-2 against Mexico) and have only a theoretical chance of progressing but would need to beat Germany by two goals and hope for Mexico to beat Sweden.
Joachim Low’s side need to beat the Asian team with a bigger margin than a potential win by Sweden over Mexico in the other Group F clash to secure their spot in the last 16 of the tournament.
If Mexico beat Sweden or draw against the European side, a draw for the 2014 winners would also be enough to set up a potential last 16 clash with Brazil.
Korea have lost six of their last eight games in all competitions, while Germany’s last-minute win against Sweden was only their second win in the last eight games.
Low needs to replace the suspended Jerome Boateng, while Sebastian Rudy has not recovered in time from his nose injury.
Here is how the two teams will line up:
Germany: Neuer, Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Hector, Kroos, Khedira, Goretzka, Özil, Reus, Werner
South Korea: Jo, Y Lee, Yun, Y G Kim, Hong, J S Lee, Jang, Koo, Jung, Moon, Son
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