Germany's Hummels fit but Rudy a doubt for South Korea clash

Joachim Low Germany

The Swedish soccer team rallied around midfielder Jimmy Durmaz after he was subjected to a torrent of racist abuse and death threats following his mistake in Sweden's defeat to Germany in the FIFA World Cup on Saturday. They will qualify if they beat South Korea at Kazan Arena by at least two goals.

When questioned by another Mexican reporter about the possibility of finishing with a maximum nine points, he broke into a long explanation about the importance of not getting carried away by euphoria. The Taeguk Warriors take on Germany in a must-win clash on Wednesday.

Holders Germany were on the brink of crashing out of the World Cup following OlaToivolen's first half opener for Sweden.

Manuel Neuer saved the Germans from being 2-0 down at halftime, diving acrobatically to deflect Berg's header from Sebastian Larsson's stoppage-time free kick. To be more precise - Germany's spirit.

Germany, who had centre-back Jerome Boateng sent off for a second yellow card on 82 minutes, were far from convincing.

Rudy started against Sweden after muscling his way past out-of-form World Cup victor Sami Khedira.




"We have to play against South Korea in order to be sure we make it to the next round and then everything is open, we will take it as it comes".

Having recovered from the left foot fracture that threatened to rule him out of the tournament, Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been a leader off and on the pitch. Germany's lackluster opening performance and loss against Mexico was unexpected.

Joachim Loew's team are fighting to avoid becoming the first German side to exit a World Cup at the first-round stage since 1938. He has been living up to expectations in Russian Federation with two solid appearances as a substitute. It would be surprising if he does not get another chance against South Korea.

Shin Tae-yong's side will have to play Germany without captain Ki Sung-yueng, however, who suffered a calf injury in the defeat to Mexico.

"In Son Heung-min, they have an internationally well-known player".

After their fantastic run took them to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup, South Korea, on the brink of elimination on Group F, have failed to reproduce a similar performance and deep changes are needed if they want to improve.

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