Sunday 07 August 2016, 22:13

Germany, Korea Republic entertain in six-goal thriller

Germany and Korea Republic played out an entertaining 3-3 draw in their latest Group C match at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 on Sunday.

In what was a back-and-forth affair, goals from Hwang Heechan, Son Heungmin and Suk Hyunjun were only enough to earn Korea Republic a point, as Davie Selke and a Serge Gnabry brace meant Germany claimed a share of the spoils in Salvador.

Fans at the Arena Fonte Nova had to wait until the 25th minute for the game’s opening goal, as Korea Republic took the lead after Germany were unable to clear a Kwon Changhoon corner from the right. Jung Seunghyun beat his German markers Selke and Lars Bender to the set-piece, with the ball falling kindly to Hwang to finish from a tight angle.

Korea Republic’s lead did not last long, however, as Arsenal star Gnabry levelled matters for Germany with a superb right-footed finish past goalkeeper Kim Dongjun on 33 minutes after taking a pass from Julian Brandt on the left side of the Korea Republic penalty box.

It was the Germans that ended the half the stronger side, with Brandt stinging the hands of Kim Dongjun with a close-range volley before Lukas Klostermann struck the side-netting from a dangerous position.

There was little to separate these two sides, as witnessed by another exchange of goals shortly after the break. Germany got their noses in front in the 55th minute when Selke took a pass from captain Max Meyer before bursting through the Korea Republic backline to finish past Kim Dongjun for 2-1.

The Asian side’s response came two minutes later. A fine run into the Germany penalty box by Son saw the Tottenham Hotspur man slip in a neat finish under German goalkeeper Timo Horn to make it 2-2.

Korea Republic then created the best opportunities after that but Horn proved equal to second-half efforts from Son and Hwang. Yet, the Taeguk Warriors would find the net again in the 86th minute after Suk Hyunjun struck home Lee Seulchan’s end-line cross for a 3-2 Korea Republic lead.

Yet, in keeping with the way this game unfolded, Germany earned a point in injury time. Gnabry’s free-kick strike took a big deflection off the Korea Republic wall before finding the back of the net for a 3-3 final score.

The result sees Korea Republic draw level with Mexico on four points at the top of Group C after two games played. Germany sit third in the group after drawing their opening two matches with two points.

On Wednesday, Germany play eliminated Fiji in Belo Horizonte while Korea Republic face a decisive clash versus Mexico in Brasilia.