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Korea Republic vs Germany match preview
Germany came into this World Cup amongst the favourites to go all the way, but their campaign so far has been mixed at best.
First, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s team demolished Morocco 6-0, with Alexandra Popp scoring two headers, before Klara Bühl, Lea Schüller and a pair of own goals completed the rout in Melbourne.
However, on Sunday, die Nationalelf were on the wrong end of one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history, beaten 2-1 by the tournament’s surprise package Colombia in Sydney.
The two-times world champions were handed a get out of jail free card when, in the 89th minute, Lena Oberdorf was hauled down by the goalkeeper, and Popp cooly converted the subsequent spot-kick.
That made it 1-1 and, despite knowing a draw would maintain their position in first place, Germany chased the winner and paid the price, conceding in the 97th minute from a corner, demonstrating how not to zonally mark.
Their impressive goal difference does leave DFB-Frauenteam second in this group but, assuming Colombia avoid defeat against Morocco simultaneously, second is the best Germany can achieve.
They do need to win to make sure of qualification, setting up a last 16 clash with France in Adelaide on Tuesday, in a repeat of last summer’s European Championship semi-final.
Here, a German victory in Brisbane does seem likely, given what Korea Republic have offered Down Under thus far.
The Taegeuk Ladies have lost both matches without even scoring, beaten 2-0 by Colombia before an embarrassing 1-0 reverse at the hands of debutants Morocco at Hindmarsh Stadium at the weekend.
Manager Colin Bell, the first foreign head coach in Korean history, has been publicly criticising the KFA in recent days, doing so in the manner of a man who knows he’ll be out of work come Friday morning.
So, just as happened in both 2003 and 2019, South Korea look likely to exit a World Cup without a solitary point to their name.
Anything other than a Germany victory at Lang Park would be an even bigger surprise than their defeat to Colombia four days ago.
Korea Republic team news
Korea Republic have scored just one goal in their last six World Cup matches, losing all of them, with Ji So-yun the most likely player to change that, having scored 67 times for the Taegeuk Ladies.
Colin Bell did ring the changes against Morocco on Sunday, but that didn’t work, so his XI here is very hard to predict.
Casey Phair has come off the bench in both matches so far, becoming the youngest player to ever feature at a World Cup, with the Colombia game coming a mere 26 days after her 16th birthday.
Predicted XI (3-4-3): Kim Jung-mi; Kim Hye-ri, Hong Hye-ji, Shim Seo-yeon; Choo Hyo-joo, Cho So-hyun, Ji So-yun, Jang Sel-gi; Jang Sel-gi, Moon Mi-ra, Choe Yu-ri.
Germany teams news
Lena Oberdorf missed Germany’s opener due to a slight injury, but returned to midfield for the Colombia defeat, alongside Sara Däbritz and Lina Magull.
Sara Dursun was hooked at half time half time in Sydney, so Sjoeke Nüsken could start at centre-back.
Meanwhile, Svenja Huth will continue to fill-in at right-back, while Alexandra Popp is currently the joint-top scorer at this tournament, seeking to add to her 13 major tournament goals.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Frohms; Huth, Hendrich, Nüsken, Hagel; Oberdorf, Däbritz, Magull; Brand, Bühl, Popp.