- Two of the three matches between South Korea and Germany have been at World Cup finals, with the Germans winning both contests (1994, 2002).
- The most recent World Cup meeting between South Korea and Germany was at the Koreans’ home World Cup in 2002, with the hosts losing 1-0 in the semi-finals.
- South Korea’s only victory against Germany came in a friendly match in 2004 (3-1).
- Germany have won all five of their World Cup games against Asian opponents, scoring 19 goals in total and keeping clean sheets in each of their last three.
- South Korea have lost their last four World Cup matches in a row, their joint-worst run – they also lost four in a row between 1986 and 1990.
- Germany’s victory over Sweden was their first at the World Cup when conceding first since 1998, a 2-1 win over Mexico.
- Son Heung-Min attempted eight shots in South Korea’s defeat to Mexico – three more than South Korea managed in their opening match against Sweden (five shots).
- Germany have won 15 of their last 17 competitive matches (D1 L1) since losing 2-0 to France at Euro 2016.
GROUP F PERMUTATIONS
It’s a tricky one in Group F, with all four teams still able to qualify. Here’s how it’s looking for this afternoon…
- Germany need to at least match Sweden’s result against Mexico
- 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 need to win to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16. They will only qualify with a win against Germany combined with Sweden losing to Mexico and a better goal difference than Germany and Sweden
SOUTH KOREA TEAM NEWS
Team to play Germany: Hyeon-Woo Jo, Yong Lee, Young-Sun Yun, Chul Hong, Young-Kwon Kim, Woo-Young Jung, Jae-Sung Lee, Seon-Min Moon, Hyun-Soo Jang, Heung-Min Son, Ja-Cheol Koo.
Subs: Seung-Gyu Kim, Jin-Hyeon Kim, Seung-Hyun Jung, Ban-Suk Oh, Joo-Ho Park, Min-woo Kim, Yo-Han Go, Se-Jong Ju, Sung-Yueng Ki, Shin-Wook Kim, Seung-Woo Lee, Hee-Chan Hwang.
GERMANY TEAM NEWS
Team to play South Korea: Neuer, Hector, Hummels, Sule, Kimmich, Khedira, Kroos, Ozil, Reus, Goretzka, Werner.
Subs: Trapp, Plattenhardt, Ginter, Draxler, Muller, Rudiger, Rudy, Brandt, Gundogan, Gomez, ter Stegen.