Germany snatched victory from the jaws of early elimination against Sweden on Saturday night and now need to confirm their place in World Cup 2018’s knockout stages.
They face a South Korea side who are all but out will not want to go down without a fight, so the European side must be wary of the wounded Taegeuk Warriors.
Victory will seal progression for Germany but a draw would complicate matters and leave their fate in the hands of Mexico v Sweden. The simplest version of events is they must beat South Korea by two or more goals or better Sweden’s result to guarantee qualification.
You can hear what promises to be an exciting encounter live on talkSPORT at 3pm.
What the managers are saying
Shin Tae-Yong (South Korea): “We have systemic problems. We must think how we can improve our domestic league and work with young players. We lack experience and that doesn’t come overnight.”
Joachim Low (Germany): “We have a lot of alternatives, that is the structure of our squad. It is about using all possibilities. Those players who did not play will definitely still be needed.
What the players are saying
Heung-Min Son (South Korea): “I spent my teenage years and professional career in Germany. I feel honored to face Germany in a big competition like the World Cup, but what’s important is the result.
“What’s important is to make Germany feel that they’re playing a difficult game. I hope our players don’t think too much on the pitch and just play simple, direct football.”
Marco Reus (Germany): “We played badly against Mexico and we had to face criticism, but we’ve been talking a bit too long about it in my opinion,” Reus told reporters on Monday.
“We have to do our duty and win the game, preferably not by just 1-0 but higher.”
How can I listen?
South Korea must do without captain Ki Sung-Yueng, while Germany have Jerome Boateng suspended, and Sebastian Rudy out following an operation on his fracture nose.
South Korea: Jo Hyeon-Woo; Lee Yong, Kim Young-Gwon, Jang Hyun-Soo, Hong Chul; Hwang Hee-Chan, Koo Ja-Cheol, Jeong Woo-Young, Lee Seung-Woo; Lee Jae-Sung, Son Heung-Min.
Germany: Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels, Jonas Hector; lkay Gundogan, Toni Kroos; Thomas Muller, Marco Reus, Timo Werner; Mario Gomez.
talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.
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