Seoul Stadium, Seoul, South Korea

Referee: Urs Meier

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  • Michael Ballack 75'
  • 90'

    South Korea's fans are giving their heroes a tremendous ovation... they nearly, but not quite, made it all the way to the final

  • 90'

    Guus Hiddink's side have had a wonderful run, but they couldn't find a way past Germany - the crucial goal came from Ballack and brings a 1-0 victory

  • 90'

    That's the end of the South Korea story: Germany are through as the final whistle goes

  • 90'

    Germany only have to hold on for a few more seconds... up goes the offside flag, and they'll be more than happy with that

  • 90'

    Hamann hoofs clear... Lee Min-Sung is booked for a foul on Bierhoff

  • 90'

    Lee Woon-Jae plays it downfield... Bode gets there... desperate times for South Korea now

  • 90'

    Frings has taken a knock and is down... South Korea really should have forced a save out of Kahn at the very least from that chance

  • 90'

    ...and the ball is pulled back to Park Ji-Sung some 16 yards out. He skews it horribly wide - is that his side's last chance?

  • 90'

    Korea throw near the Germany area: they're flooding forward but Germany have everyone back. Here comes the noise from the stands again...

  • 90'

    Germany are just stoppage time away from the final. Four minutes of that, says the assistant ref

  • 89'

    Then Lee Young-Pyo takes a chance from distance, only to see his effort flash well wide

  • 88'

    Gerald Asamoah comes on for Neuville... it's all gone a bit quiet. South Korea come forward again and Seol Ki-Hyun is robbed by Hamann

  • 87'

    Metzelder is there as South Korea try to lift the ball into the area. The pressure is relieved as Hamann is fouled. Free-kick...

  • 86'

    Jens Jeremies has come on, and off goes Bernd Schneider. Bierhoff threads the ball through to Bode on the edge of the area but South Korea win it back

  • 85'

    Neuville's booked for diving in the area as he chases a through ball and tumbles over... Germany have made a change...

  • 84'

    Frings stands his ground well - so well that he wins Germany a free-kick as frustration grows for Korea

  • 83'

    Another break from the co-hosts: Cha Doo-Ri, though, is adjudged to have committed a foul and the fans don't like that one little bit

  • 82'

    Will it be enough to bring them a late leveller? Seol Ki-Hyun breaks forward but is challenged well

  • 81'

    Seol Ki-Hyun replaces Hong Myung-Bo... an addition to South Korea's forward power for the last few minutes

  • 80'

    It's cleared to the edge of the area, where Frings unleashes a shot which is much too high

  • 79'

    Schneider is looking at this... it's tapped to Bode and Lee Woon-Jae tips his effort around the post for a corner

  • 78'

    He's fouled and Germany have a free-kick within shooting range...

  • 77'

    Germany are sitting deep now... they hit it long towards Bierhoff

  • 76'

    Kahn punches clear... can South Korea rescue their World Cup dream with less than 15 minutes to go?

  • 75'

    South Korea storm straight forward and Kahn has to parry a dangerous cross behind for a corner...

  • 74'

    But it breaks down and a low cross finds Ballack. His first effort is saved but he lashes the second past Lee Woon-Jae - it's 1-0 Germany!

  • 74'

    A Linke foul gives South Korea another free-kick... it's just inside the Germany half

  • 73'

    Song Chong-Gug hits a shot from outside the area. Kahn holds on, but South Korea are beginning to get on top of things now

  • 72'

    Lee Chun-Soo tries to float it and it hits the wall, going behind for a corner

  • 71'

    This is around 25 yards out and central...

  • 70'

    Frings crosses - and Korea break. Lee Chun-Soo surges forward and is hauled down by Ballack. The Germany man gets a booking and will miss the final should his side get there

  • 69'

    Germany trying to build now... it breaks down and Voeller opts to freshen up his attack, bringing on Bierhoff for Klose

  • 68'

    Kahn elects to punch - and does it to good effect, getting plenty of distance on the ball

  • 68'

    ...and the patience pays off with a corner as Frings gets a challenge in

  • 67'

    South Korea switch the ball from side to side without making much forward ground... they're being patient here

  • 66'

    Kim Tae-Young starts another good passing move: Bode blocks, Ahn Jung-Hwan crosses and Kahn claims

  • 65'

    Ramelow surges forward and finds Klose, who gets his contact all wrong and balloons it very high

  • 64'

    ...and forward come South Korea... Ahn Jung-Hwan tries a shot after a ricochet breaks to him, but lifts it way over Kahn's goal

  • 63'

    Ballack finds Klose with a looping cross: Lee Woon-Jae plucks it out of the air with ease to storms of applause

  • 62'

    It's cleared again, and at the other end Kim Tae-Young does superbly to hold off the lurking Neuville

  • 61'

    Schneider gets it away for a throw... and then Ramelow has to put the ball out for a corner

  • 60'

    Half an hour of normal time remaining: Frings brings down Lee Chun-Soo on the left and this is a good crossing position...

  • 59'

    Lee Chun-Soo can't get onto a pass through the middle, but that was brisk work from the co-hosts

  • 58'

    Still very little to choose between the two sides: Germany looking slightly the more dangerous, but here come South Korea...

  • 57'

    Then Neuville has a go from the edge of the box - it's well wide, though

  • 57'

    Bode is lurking in the area again... Song Chong-Gug clears for a corner, which is headed clear

  • 57'

    Hiddink, as is his wont, is ringing the changes

  • 56'

    Another change for the co-hosts: Choi Jun-Chul goes off and Lee Min-Sung is his replacement

  • 55'

    Linke gets his head to the ball, but it drifts out of play for a goal-kick on the far side

  • 55'

    South Korea make a change... Ahn Jung-Hwan replaces Hwang Sun-Hong. Germany win a corner...

  • 54'

    ...and then moves forward to hit a low shot which is scuffed and goes wide of the far post

  • 53'

    Linke plays a long ball forward - Ballack is denied time and space and South Korea break... Frings steps in

  • 52'

    Frings makes an excellent challenge as Cha Doo-Ri almost breaks clear through the middle... excellent play by both him and South Korea there

  • 51'

    Kim Tae-Young hasn't come out of that one looking too happy... but he's soon back on his feet

  • 50'

    The free-kick is floated in, and again Korea stand their ground against Germany's attackers

  • 50'

    Ballack is grounded after a heavy challenge... he's being treated...

  • 50'

    Good play by Germany - they've put some good football together in this game so far

  • 49'

    It goes out via a good clearing header from Song Cong-Gug, but the corner comes to nothing

  • 48'

    Kahn plays the ball short out of his area and Ramelow looks to move on... Klose crosses towards Bode after a snappy move and it only just eludes him

  • 47'

    ...not for long - more good pressing from South Korea wins it back

  • 47'

    Attempts to move forward are thwarted, and Schneider brings the ball out for the Germans

  • 46'

    Korea have a free-kick inside their own half, and play it patiently around at the back...

  • 45'

    The ball's straight through to Lee Woon-Jae - trmendous noise from the crowd again

  • 45'

    Off we go again - Germany get the second period of this first semi-final under way

  • 45'

    That is half-time: it's been intriguing but goalless and, had it not been for that fine Kahn save, the co-hosts could have been in front

  • 45'

    They head clear as South Korea play a long ball forward, and we're seconds away from the break now

  • 45'

    Germany calmly passing the ball around, just eating up the seconds until the break

  • 45'

    Frings shepherds the ball over the line with Lee Chun-Soo chasing... goal-kick to Germany

  • 45'

    Three minutes of stoppage time have been signalled by the assistant referee

  • 45'

    Frings crosses for Germany... Song Chong-Gug clears for a corner, which causes a scramble before the referee spots a Germany foul and South Korea can breathe again

  • 44'

    It's played in with pace and swerve and cleared... Choi Jun-Chul has been hurt in dealing with it and will need some treatment

  • 43'

    Hamann is crowded out... South Korea have a throw inside their own half but give it away and Neuville is fouled in a dangerous crossing position...

  • 42'

    Schneider looks for Metzelder... forward Cha Doo-Ri is back helping out and clears for South Korea

  • 41'

    Frings crosses once more, and once more that is towards Klose... the header, however, is wayward

  • 41'

    Klose makes himself a chance with some great skill on the edge of the area, and his final effort is well blocked

  • 40'

    Five minutes to the break in what has been a good semi-final so far... Germany have produced a vastly superior performance to that which was lucky to see off the US

  • 39'

    Klose can't gather the latest ball forward and it runs through to keeper Lee Woon-Jae

  • 38'

    But again the disciplined defending of Guus Hiddink's team shines through

  • 38'

    Bode heads it on and South Korea scramble that behind for another flag-kick. The Germans are dangerous from crosses...

  • 37'

    Schneider wins the ball for Neuville - he gains his side a corner...

  • 36'

    Until Cha Doo-Ri runs out of space as he tries to keep the ball in play. That's a throw to Germany

  • 35'

    It's crossed long by Park Ji-Sung - too long, but South Korea retain possession...

  • 35'

    Ramelow gets it away, but Song Chong-Gug fires in another cross and wins another corner

  • 34'

    Corner for the co-hosts: Hwang Sun-Hong turns and shoots and the ball is deflected behind

  • 33'

    Downfield it goes from Kahn, and South Korea give away a free-kick from which Bode tries to find Metzelder... that one breaks down

  • 32'

    Ramelow's there to head clear as the ball goes into the area

  • 32'

    Neuville is penalised for a push - free-kick South Korea, round about halfway...

  • 31'

    Cha Doo-Ri clears it and Frings tries his luck from 25 yards. His luck's not in: that one skids well wide

  • 30'

    Kim Tae-Young clears as Frings breaks: Frings gets involved again and wins a corner on the right

  • 29'

    Neuville breaks into the area after Hamann and Schneider had linked well: the co-hosts defend that brilliantly, forcing him away from goal before winning the ball back

  • 28'

    There's a nice ebb and flow about this game now: Germany have a free-kick, and from it Neuville volleys wide from what was a very difficult angle

  • 27'

    Ballack crosses and Kim Tae-Young produces a crucial clearing header: Lee Chun-Soo then crosses at the other end from an excellent break, and Kahn makes a good catch

  • 26'

    More anger in the crowd as Hwang Sun-Hong and Ramelow clash again - and again the referee's verdict is in favour of the Germany star

  • 25'

    Frings slings in a cross which South Korea clear. Hamann steps in to stop the co-hosts as they attempt to break away

  • 24'

    Klose can't get to Neuville's ball as Germany attack again - the German bench think it should have been a penalty, but that would have been harsh

  • 23'

    Germany, at the moment, have the edge... Hwang Sun-Hong is penalised for a foul on Ramelow as he goes past him. The crowd is resolutely unamused by that decision

  • 22'

    Metzelder comes forward and tries to find space in which to cross - the pace of the ball beats him, though, and that will be a goal-kick

  • 21'

    He's carried off for treatment... meantime, Germany are looking to build again

  • 20'

    Lee Young-Po is grounded after a strong challenge... he'll need attention

  • 19'

    His pass is headed clear... Hamann crosses and Hong Myung-Bo intercepts

  • 18'

    A decent start to the game so far... Germany are beginning to settle to their passing now. Ramelow carries the play forward...

  • 17'

    Park Ji-Sung shoots too close to Kahn... then, at the other end, Neuville gets a volley in and it's Lee Woon-Jae's turn to make a stop

  • 16'

    Then Frings crosses - this is a decent spell for Germany - and Korea clear and engineer a good break...

  • 16'

    And they come away, looking for Neuville once more... the cross is just too high for him

  • 15'

    Thomas Linke is the man in the right place for Germany

  • 14'

    Song Chong-Gug produces a good turn to give himself time and space on the right...

  • 13'

    Neuville crosses for Germany - South Korea clear that with minimal ceremony... Klose challenges for a cross but can't make anything of it

  • 13'

    Neuville goes to ground inside the South Korea half but play is waved on... Cha Doo-Ri chases, but he won't get to that pass down the right

  • 12'

    A low cross comes in, but Germany can hook that one away without too many problems

  • 11'

    Yet again, though, Korea are straight back in possession - again they thread some good passes together and win a throw deep inside the Germany half

  • 10'

    ...but from it, the ball forward is aimless and Kahn can gather under no pressure

  • 10'

    Metzelder heads the ball out for a throw near the Germany area - that leads to another throw...

  • 9'

    A fine move, a fine effort - and Kahn again underlined his abilities with the stop

  • 8'

    ...then a great ball frees Cha Doo-Ri: Lee Chun-Soo hits an excellent shot and Kahn makes a cracking save low to his right

  • 8'

    Yoo Sang-Chul heads clear and Korea's attempts to break are foiled by Ballack's well-timed challenge

  • 7'

    Meanwhile, the fans are cranking the volume up to still greater heights

  • 7'

    It's a decent cross from the right, and a decent claim by Lee Woon-Jae

  • 6'

    Klose tries to get onto a long ball forward: it's well defended but Schneider will play it back in again...

  • 6'

    And there's some good passing going on... patience despite the high tempo

  • 5'

    Korea on the ball again - a clever flick nearly frees Lee chun-Soo, but not quite... they snap in and win possession straight back

  • 4'

    But Germany are crowding the Koreans out, defending tightly. Cha Doo-Ri is double marked out on the left and can't keep possession: a good example

  • 3'

    ...back come the co-hosts: Kim Tae-Young is looking for forward options

  • 3'

    Metzelder heads clear as South Korea launch another angled ball forward

  • 2'

    Lee Woon-Jae holds onto that one - not too difficult, really - and gets cheered like a gladiator

  • 2'

    Ramelow comes forward on the right for Germany - he forces his way into the area and fires in a low angled shot...

  • 1'

    Germany just trying to take the pace out of the start - they're passing the ball around in defence

  • 1'

    Immediately, the ball is played long but Lee Chun-Soo can't keep it in play


    South Korea get us under way - watch out for the customary fast start from Guus Hiddink's side


    We're about to find out: millions and millions of South Korea fans are waiting and hoping. Germany and Rudi Voeller will have plenty to say about that


    The anthems are being played... can South Korea take their amazing World Cup one step further and make it to the final?


    There must be a Germany fan or two around the place somewhere, but it's pretty impossible to see where


    The atmosphere, as it has been for all South Korea's games, is fantastic: the stadium is a riot of colour and the sound is awesome


    And their opponents, Germany, look like this: Kahn, Linke, Frings, Metzelder, Ramelow, Hamann, Ballack, Schneider, Bode, Neuville, Klose. Subs: Asamoah, Baumann, Bierhoff, Bohme, Butt, Jancker, Jeremies, Kehl, Lehmann, Rehmer, Ricken, Ziege


    This is how the co-hosts will be lining up: Woon-Jae Lee, Jin-Cheul Choi, Hong, Tae-Young Kim, Yoo, Yong-Pyo Lee, Chun-Soo Lee, Park, Song, Hwang, Cha. Subs: Ahn, En-Sung Choi, Sung-Young Choi, Tae-Uk Choi, Yong-Soo Choi, Hyun, Byung-Ji Kim, Nam-Il Kim, Eul-Young Lee, Min-Sung Lee, Seol, Yoon


    Kick off in the semi-final - the biggest occasion in South Korean football history - is a matter of ten minutes or so away now...

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • South Korea

  • 6(3)

  • -

  • 19

  • 50%


  • Germany

  • 15(6)

  • -

  • 10

South Korea

POS No Name


1 Lee Woon-Jae


4 Choi Jun-Chul
15 Lee Min-Sung


7 Tae-Young Kim


20 Hong Myung-Bo
9 Seol Ki-Hyun


6 Yoo Sang-Chul


10 Lee Young-Pyo


14 Lee Chun-Soo


21 Park Ji-Sung


22 Song Chong-Gug


16 Cha Doo-Ri


18 Hwang Sun-Hong
19 Ahn Jung-Hwan
POS No Name
D 15 Lee Min-Sung
F 9 Seol Ki-Hyun
F 19 Ahn Jung-Hwan

Match Stats

  • South Korea
  • Germany
6(3) Shots (on goal) 15(6)
19 Fouls 10
6 Corner kicks 8
2 Offsides 0
50% Time of Possession 50%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
5 Saves 3

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