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Here are the five things you need to know from one of the biggest shocks of the tournament’s 88 year-old history:
1. Germany’s Striking IssueMany were expecting Timo Werner to have an amazing tournament as he was given the striker role for Germany by Low after having an impressive season with RB Leipzeg. But it was a tournament to forget for the 22 year-old forward as he was always pushed to the wings in the closing stages of the game and was replaced by veteran Mario Gomez, who himself could not do much for Germany. With his performances, Liverpool fans have got divided on the opinion of buying the player.
Germany have had some legendary strikers to play for them in the World Cup with the likes of Gerd Muller, Jurgen Klinsmann and Mirsolav Klose but they haven’t had one like them in this tournament which cost them pretty heavily. A better finisher at the business end and it would have been easy to see Germany go through to the knockout stages.
'Tragic', 'Put in a bid': Liverpool fans divided after £87m man's displays https://t.co/Nv4ziZ4ywI— Lawrence K. Amick (@mrlawrenceamick) June 28, 2018
2. VAR Proves It’s ImportanceIf VAR was not instigated in this World Cup, maybe Germany would have progressed through to the knockout stages. South Korean centre-back Kim Young-gwon looked to have scored a late goal in stoppage time but the linesman had raised his flag to disallow the goal for offside. The situation was inspected using VAR and the main referee took a look at it himself and it turned out that Kroos had played the ball and not any Korean player and therefore it was given a goal. VAR has already been used for more instances in this World Cup such as in France Vs Australia match and has proven to be very helpful and decisive.
3. Cho Hyun-Woo “Wooed” People’s HeartsThe 26 year-old goalkeeper who plays for Daegu FC in South Korea was outstanding against Germany and only had 9 international caps for South Korea. Cho has already hit the headlines by making some brilliant saves against Sweden in their opening fixture and is one of the hottest properties of South Korea at the moment.
4. The Ozil SituationMany people are criticizing Mesut Ozil and blaming him for the shocking loss against South Korea. The Arsenal play-maker might have had a bad game vs Mexico in their opening fixture but he hardly put a foot wrong in South Korea Vs Germany. The 29 year-old completed 81 passes with 85% accuracy and made more successful dribbles than any other German player. He also created 7 chances and all of them from open play, which is the most by any player so far in this FIFA World Cup.
But since nobody finished one or more of the opportunities, he comes in for criticism. He’s been a bit below par but three poor performances by that team- one of which he did not play in(vs Sweden) concludes that they have bigger problems and Ozil should not be the only person to face all the criticism.
Mesut Ozil created seven chances against South Korea – all from open play; the most by any player in a single game at the 2018 World Cup so far.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 27, 2018
No goals to show for it. pic.twitter.com/AnJw2a2USK