South Korea v Germany (2018 FIFA World Cup)

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South Korea v Germany
Казань арена.jpg
Kazan Arena, the venue for the match
Event2018 FIFA World Cup
Group F
Date27 June 2018
VenueKazan Arena, Kazan, Russia
Man of the MatchJo Hyeon-woo (Korea Republic)
RefereeMark Geiger (United States)
WeatherClear night
28 °C (82 °F)
40% humidity[1]

The South Korea versus Germany (Korean: 대한민국 대 독일 (2018년 FIFA 월드컵); German: Fußball-WM Südkorea – Deutschland 2018) football match that took place on 27 June 2018 at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, was the third of 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Before the match, many people anticipated Germany to win, even South Koreans themselves. This match, however, ended in a loss for Germany, described by the BBC as "one of the biggest shocks in the competition's history."[2] South Korea scored 2 goals in the 6 minutes of added time and the match ended 2–0. South Korean goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo was selected as the man of the match.

Due to losing this match, Germany was eliminated at the group stage. It was the first time that they dropped out of this stage since 1938. Despite South Korea's victory, they were also eliminated at group stage, since they were defeated in their previous matches against Sweden and Mexico. In order to make it past the group stage, South Korea had to win against Germany by at least 2 goals (which they did) and at the same time Mexico had to defeat Sweden. Unfortunately for South Korea, Mexico lost the match 3–0.

The Koreans called this match 'The Miracle of Kazan' (Korean: 카잔의 기적).[3] However, the Germans called it 'The Shame of Kazan' (German: Die Schande von Kasan).[4]


The two teams had previously faced each other three times, including at two FIFA World Cup games: one at the 2002 FIFA World Cup semi-finals, which ended with a 1–0 victory for Germany, and one at the 1994 FIFA World Cup group stage, a Germany 3–2 victory. On 19 December 2004, the two teams held their first friendly match. That match ended with a 3–1 victory for South Korea. This was the first time that Germany lost against an Asian team in their football history.


First half[edit]

Second half[edit]


South Korea 2–0 Germany
  • Kim Young-gwon Goal 90+3'
  • Son Heung-min Goal 90+6'
Kazan Arena, Kazan
Attendance: 41,835[5]
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
South Korea[6]
GK 23 Jo Hyeon-woo
RB 2 Lee Yong
CB 5 Yun Young-sun
CB 19 Kim Young-gwon
LB 14 Hong Chul
RM 17 Lee Jae-sung Yellow card 23'
CM 15 Jung Woo-young Yellow card 9'
CM 20 Jang Hyun-soo
LM 18 Moon Seon-min Yellow card 48' Substituted off 69'
CF 13 Koo Ja-cheol Substituted off 56'
CF 7 Son Heung-min (c) Yellow card 65'
FW 11 Hwang Hee-chan Substituted in 56' Substituted off 79'
MF 8 Ju Se-jong Substituted in 69'
DF 22 Go Yo-han Substituted in 79'
Shin Tae-yong
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GK 1 Manuel Neuer (c)
RB 18 Joshua Kimmich
CB 5 Mats Hummels
CB 15 Niklas Süle
LB 3 Jonas Hector Substituted off 78'
CM 6 Sami Khedira Substituted off 58'
CM 8 Toni Kroos
RW 14 Leon Goretzka Substituted off 63'
AM 10 Mesut Özil
LW 11 Marco Reus
CF 9 Timo Werner
FW 23 Mario Gómez Substituted in 58'
FW 13 Thomas Müller Substituted in 63'
MF 20 Julian Brandt Substituted in 78'
Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Jo Hyeon-woo (South Korea)[7]

Assistant referees:[6]
Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Frank Anderson (United States)
Fourth official:
Julio Bascuñán (Chile)
Reserve assistant referee:
Christian Schiemann (Chile)
Video assistant referee:
Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Tiago Martins (Portugal)
Corey Rockwell (United States)
Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)


Statistic[8] South Korea Germany
Goals scored 2 0
Total shots 11 26
Shots on target 5 6
Ball possession 30% 70%
Corner kicks 3 9
Fouls committed 16 7
Offsides 0 1
Yellow cards 4 0
Red cards 0 0


The South Korea national football team set several records as a result of this match:

  • First Asian team in FIFA World Cup to:
    • Win against Germany national football team
    • Set a clean sheet against Germany national football team
    • Win against top seed team of group.
    • Win against former champion team.
    • Win against team which was 1st place in FIFA ranking at that time.

South Korea set another new record: the lowest ranking team (57th place) to win against the 1st place team in the FIFA rankings. The former record holder was Senegal national football team. In the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the Senegal national football team beat the France national football team 1 : 0. At that time, Senegal national football team was ranked 42nd, and France national football team was No.1. Korea was also the fourth team to win the World Cup with two goals or more against the German national soccer team, which was launched after the unification of Germany in 1990.

Meanwhile, their opponents also set several records. This match was the first time that Germany national football team:

    • Were eliminated in the group stage.
    • Lost against South Korea
    • Lost against an Asian team.
    • Failed to score against an Asian team.

Germany also, as a first:

    • Were the top seed team of the group that lost against an Asian team on group stage.
    • Were defending champions that lost against an Asian team.
    • Were 1st in the FIFA rankings which lost against an Asian team.

See also[edit]

  • FIFA World Cup records
  • Brazil v Germany (2014 FIFA World Cup)


  1. "Tactical Line-up" (PDF). FIFA Official Website. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  2. Emons, Michael (27 June 2018). "World Cup 2018: Germany out of tournament after losing to South Korea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  3. Rutherford, Peter (28 June 2018). "From prey to predator, Korea revels in German revenge". Reuters.
  4. Wöckener, Lutz (7 July 2018). "WM 2018: Kasan – an diesem Ort scheiterten Deutschland, Argentinien, Brasilien". DIE WELT. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  5. "Match report – Group F – Korea Republic v Germany" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Tactical Line-up – Group F – Korea Republic v Germany" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  7. "Korea Republic v Germany – Man of the Match". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  8. Report

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