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South Korea’s   Son Heung-min is shoved away by a North Korean player  during their World Cup   qualifier game in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photograph:  Getty Images

South Korea were happy to have made it back from Pyongyang in one piece after Tuesday’s brutal 2022 World Cup qualifier, with a Korean FA official de(...)

Korean players celebrate next to Mario Gomez of Germany at the end of their 2018 World Cup Group F match in Kazan. Photo: Diego Azubel/EPA

In Germany Niedergeschlagenheit (noun, feminine): Despondency German football fans, who had never seen their country fall at the first hurdle of a W(...)

Thomas Mueller of Germany stands dejected after their 2018 World Cup Group F loss to South Korea in Kazan. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

As Germany left the stadium for their flight back to Moscow, there was no mistaking just how starkly their status had changed. Defeat by South Korea m(...)

Germany’s Julian Brandt and Thomas Muller look dejected as South Korea players celebrate on the pitch after their 2018 World Cup Group F win. Photo: Michael Dalder/Reuters

South Korea 2 Germany 0 The champions have crashed out of the World Cup here in Kazan after Joachim Löw’s side were beaten by South Korea in a game t(...)

Joachim Löw: under his stewardship Germany  have had the odd scare before but ultimately always made it to at least the semi-final stage of the World Cup. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

Having acquired a reputation as a highly successful problem solver at tournaments these past few years, Joachim Löw must complete the challenge German(...)

Xherdan Shaqiri can inspire Switzerland into the last-16 of the World Cup. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty

THE MATCHES GROUP F South Korea v Germany (Kazan, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/BBC). Betting: South Korea 16-1, Germany 1-5, Draw 13-2 Mexico v Sweden (Yekaterinbur(...)

Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring Mexico’s second against South Korea. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP

South Korea 1 Mexico 2 Mexico built on the momentum from their stunning opening victory over world champions Germany by comprehensively beating South(...)

  Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist celebrates scoring their  penalty. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Sweden 1 South Korea 0 There is a feeling with VAR that all it is doing is replacing one sort of controversy with another. In days gone by, Swedish (...)

 Raheem Sterling and Trent Alexander-Arnold enjoy a drill during an England training session  in St Petersburg. Photograph: Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images

THE MATCHES GROUP F Sweden v South Korea, (Nizhny Novgorod, 1pm, RTE/ITV) Betting: Sweden 10/11, South Korea 10/3, Draw 11/5 GROUP G Belgium v Panam(...)

 Son Heung-min at  a South Korean training session at the Spartak Stadium in Saint Petersburg ahead of the opening clash with Sweden. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/Getty

South Korea begin their World Cup campaign against Sweden on Monday but, remarkably, it may not be the most important tournament for Son Heung-min thi(...)

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