VATUTINKI, Russia (Reuters) - South Korea take on Germany in a World Cup Group F game on Wednesday.
Where: Kazan Arena
When: Wednesday, June 27, 1700 local (1400 GMT/1000 AM ET)
Referee: To be announced
- Germany will qualify if they win by two or more goals or better Sweden’s result against Mexico in the other Group F game being played at the same time.
- If Germany and Sweden draw, then the team in the higher-scoring game will finish second. If both draws are with the same score, Germany finish second due to their head-to-head win over Sweden.
- South Korea have to defeat Germany by more than two goals and hope Mexico will beat Sweden, to leapfrog into second place in the group.
- South Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng has been ruled out with a calf strain
- Germany central defender Jerome Boateng is suspended for the game after being sent off with a second booking against Sweden.
- Germany’s Thomas Mueller and Mats Hummels will miss any subsequent game through suspension if they are booked.
- Germany have not been eliminated in the first round of a World Cup since 1938.
- Germany has won both of its previous World Cup meetings against South Korea. They beat the Koreans 1-0 in the 2002 World Cup semi-final and emerged victorious in a 3-2 thriller in their 1994 World Cup group encounter.
- In total the two sides have played each other three times with Germany earning two wins to South Korea’s one.
Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Hugh Lawson