Low: We will get required result
JOACHIM Low is determined Germany will prove masters of their own World Cup fate by getting the result they need in their final Group F match against South Korea in Kazan.
The reigning champions secured a dramatic 2-1 victory over Sweden with a fine strike from Toni Kroos deep into stoppage time, which put them back on course for the last 16 after losing their opening match against Mexico.
Germany can guarantee qualification if they beat South Korea by at least two goals, with Sweden, who also have three points, having to hope results go their way to progress.
Low does not want to leave anything out of Germany’s control.
“I am not one who plays through the different scenarios. Of course, I will be i nformed about t he score between Mexico and Sweden in order to react if necessary but we have to create clarity with our own result,” he said. “We have to win if possible with two goals difference. It’s up to our own performance and we have to do everything we can to do it on our own.”
Germany will be without suspended defender Jerome Boateng following his red card against Sweden, while midfielder Sebastian Rudy will not feature after needing surgery on a fractured nose suffered during the match in Sochi.
It remains possible, however unlikely, for South Korea to still reach the last 16. “We have a 1% chance, a small hope and we will try to find the opportunity to have a wonderful end to the World Cup,” said coach Shin Tae-yong.
Tottenham midfielder Son Heung-min is ready for the challenge. He said: “Germany is a lot stronger team than we are but we have to have the mindset that we can do it.”
Germany manager Joachim Low.