Korea Rep vs Germany
Venue: Kazan Arena
Kick off: 3pm
Germany will need to at least match Sweden’s result if they are to make it into the last 16 of the World Cup when they take on South Korea in Group F.
Joachim Low’s men gave themselves a big chance of making the knockout rounds of the competition when they beat the Swedes 2-1 on Saturday thanks to a late goal from Toni Kroos.
It puts Germany level with Sweden on points and goal difference, and now they must at least match their rivals’ result against Mexico to have a chance of making the knockout rounds.
And coach Low says his side will take control of their own qualification, telling a press conference: “We need to have clarity in our own result. We know what we need to do and we’ll look at our own performance, we will try and be the masters of our own destiny.”
Draws in both games would see qualification determined by goals scored. Identical records would then see qualification decided by the better result when the teams met, which would see Germany go through courtesy of their 2-1 win.
South Korea can also make the last 16, but would need to beat the Germans, hope Sweden loses to Mexico and amass a better goal difference than Germany and Sweden.
While coach Shin Tae-yong was realistic about the chances of his team pulling off a victory, he said South Korea would take confidence from the fact that Germany had also made a disappointing start to their campaign in Russia.
“To be honest, Germany are a lot stronger than us and it won’t be easy,” he said. “But the ball is round, anything can happen, and I believe there will be chances for us. Mexico beat Germany in their match so there is hope for us. Although it’s likely that Germany will have more possession, we will do our best.
“We must make it as difficult as possible for Germany to play their own game and instead of having too many thoughts in their heads, the players must play simply and accurately. It will be a last ditch effort.”