Germany Advances to World Cup Final With 1-0 Win Over Korea
With Oliver Kahn once again at his shot-stopping best, Michael Ballack led Germany into the World Cup final. Unfortuntaley for him and for Germany, Ballack will have to sit out the final in Yokohama after he picked up his second caution of the knockout rounds.
Ballack scored in the 75th minute, ramming home a rebound after Korea's Lee Woon-jae saved his initial shot.
The win was deserved by the Germans, who controlled most of the match but were unable to take advantage of their physical superiority over the Koreans.
Kahn pulled off another miracle save, this one a replica of his highlight reel save on Landon Donovan in Germany's 1-0 win over the U.S. on June 21. Kahn once again stretched out to his right, diving to save a Lee Chun-soo blast.
With the win, Germany advance to their seventh World Cup finals. The Germans have won three titles, second only to Brazil's four. And the two teams with the greatest World Cup history may meet in the final on June 30 if Brazil tops Turkey in tomorrow's semifinal.
Korea advance to play in the third-place match on June 29 in Daegu, Korea.
Germany vs. Korea
Seoul, Korea - June 25, 2001
GER - Ballack ..... 75th minute.
South Korea: Lee Woon-jae, Choi Jin-chul (Lee Min-sung 56), Yoo Sang-chul, Kim Tae-young, Lee Chun-soo, Lee Young-pyo, Hong Myung-bo (Seol Ki-hyun 80), Hwang Sun-hong (Ahn Jung-hwan 54), Park Ji-sung, Song Chong-gug, Cha Du-ri
Germany: Kahn, Linke, Metzelder, Frings, Ramelow, Hamann, Ballack, Schneider (Jeremies 85), Klose (Bierhoff 70), Neuville (Asamoah 88), Bode
GER - Ballack ..... 71st minute.
GER - Neuville ..... 85.
KOR - Lee Min-sungo ..... 94.