Comrade of the Day: Matchday 14

28 June 2018, 11:41
Life After Football

Day 14 of the 2018 World Cup will be forever remembered as one of the greatest shocks that the tournament has ever seen - and that's largely thanks to our Comrade of the Day.

Unless you've been avoiding every screen you could possibly see over the past 24 hours, you'll know that Germany, the holders and four-time world champions have crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage. They needed a win against South Korea, a nation of great experience at this level but relative minnows when you consider the pedigree of their opponents.

Germany huffed and puffed throughout, trying to force their breakthrough moment through a solid Korean defence. For all the talent on the field, Ozil, Reus, Kroos and more, no-one could find their way past Cho Hyun-Woo, South Korea's heroic goalkeeper. All of Germany's six shots on target were stopped by a goalkeeper once told he was too small to make it in football, whilst blocks and caught crosses came regularly, too.

Meanwhile, his opposite number had a spell in midfield as Manuel Neuer joined the German surge to create a goal in the dying moments. Already a goal down at this point, the most dramatic of open goal finishes wrapped up a historic day in which Germany crashed out and, despite joining them, South Korea and their now-famous 'keeper won the hearts of many.