FIFA WORLD CUP

Seoul Stadium, Seoul, South Korea

Referee: Urs Meier

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Germany

  • 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...

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • South Korea

  • 6(3)

  • -

  • 19

  • 50%

    50%

  • Germany

  • 15(6)

  • -

  • 10

South Korea

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Lee Woon-Jae

D

4 Choi Jun-Chul
D
15 Lee Min-Sung

D

7 Tae-Young Kim

D

20 Hong Myung-Bo
F
9 Seol Ki-Hyun

M

6 Yoo Sang-Chul

M

10 Lee Young-Pyo

M

14 Lee Chun-Soo

M

21 Park Ji-Sung

M

22 Song Chong-Gug

F

16 Cha Doo-Ri

F

18 Hwang Sun-Hong
F
19 Ahn Jung-Hwan
 
Substitutes
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