Korea Looking to Make History to Reach World Cup Last-16

Arnold Nichols
June 26, 2018

When Bulgaria's Iordan Letchkov knocked out Germany 2-1 with a powerful header in the quarterfinal of the 1994 World Cup, the neutral world rejoiced with certain schadenfreude.

You can see Durmaz's full statement and the team's response as well below.

A shock 1-0 opening loss to Mexico means they probably need at least four points from their remaining group matches against Sweden and South Korea if they are to progress.

The ESPN FC panel share their thoughts on Germany's last-minute win against Sweden, a decision that brought them back from the brink of a World Cup exit.

"I agree with Toni that many in Germany wanted us to go out in the first round", said Reus.

In the hours that followed Durmaz received thousands of social media messages, some of them of a deeply offensive and racist nature.

"I was very pleased for him (Kroos) because he was involved in the mistake which led to Sweden's goal".

"Rudy had an operation for his broken nose and will undergo further tests, but we must be prepared for the fact that he is unlikely to play", German assistant coach Marcus Song informed the press on Monday.


Julian Brandt, the 22-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger, is one of the most talented young German players and was included on Loew's World Cup squad at the expense of Leroy Sane.

"Regardless of how Germany did against Sweden, we were always going to play for first position in the group in the third game against Sweden". "I'm proud to represent my country", he said.

The results mean that the Taeguk Warriors now sit bottom of Group F with zero points, while Mexico lead the group with six points.

Fans react as they watch a World Cup match between Korea and Mexico in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Sunday. "We are Sweden", turning to his teammates, as they chant "F-- racism!"

"El Tri" will advance to the knockout stages with a win or a draw against Sweden.

"I am a footballer at the highest level, being criticized is something we live with, but being called "f***ing immigrant" and "suicide bomber", and having death threats made against me and my children is completely unacceptable," Durmaz said, according to Reuters.

"We still have an excellent opportunity to qualify and we will do everything to achieve that", Andersson said.

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