South Korea vs. Germany - Football Match Preview

Germany's Toni Kroos celebrates scoring their winner. REUTERS  Michael Dalder

Marco Reus has no intention of allowing South Korea to get in the way of Germany progressing to the last 16 on Wednesday now that the World Cup holders have already saved their skins once.

If Korea are to produce an unlikely result, they need to score goals and their best hope in that regard is the Tottenham forward.

"It makes me feel like it's much more fun for people to write badly about us", he said, as quoted by The Telegraph.

"Maybe we need one more match and he will be in his full form physically and technically, because he is outside the normal standards".

The Germans were at risk of being eliminated after Sweden scored first. Shin knows he has to go for it at some stage, but his team hasn't been able to create clear-cut opportunities on a consistent basis.

"To be honest, Germany are a lot stronger than us and it won't be easy", he said.

"If we lose the ball, they have the chance to make deep runs". "We were much better in the transition play against Sweden, twice better than against Mexico".

However, Mats Hummels should be fit to start as he recovers from a neck injury.

South Korea will be without captain Ki Sung-yueng, who has a calf strain.

Germany´s midfielder Toni Kroos (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Germany and Sweden at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 23, 2018.

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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 has won all five of its World Cup games against Asian opponents, scoring 19 goals in total and keeping clean sheets in its last three.

The RB Leipzig star has yet to score at the World Cup, though he did get an important assist last time out.

Son Heung-min attempted eight shots in South Korea's loss to Mexico - three more than the Taegeuk Warriors managed in their opening match against Sweden (five shots).

Werner was asked about the upcoming game and urged his side not to underestimate South Korea, before declaring that he believes Son is one of the best forwards in world football.

Germany looked like its chances to advance out of the group stages were all but over until Toni Kroos found the back of the net on a set piece in extra time, beating Sweden 2-1. Germany has actually been in complete control of both matches this tournament, but the lack of comfortable results has to be worrisome for the defending champs.

They surely won't have any more slip-ups this time, against a South Korea side who have been beaten in both their games so far. "But I am not laying out all scenarios in my head", Low said.

Should the Germans qualify as Group F runners-up, they potentially face a mouth-watering last 16 clash against Brazil in Samara on Monday.

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