Who is Kim Young-gwon? The man who sent Germany packing

Kim Young-Gwon latched on to a loose ball inside the penalty box from a corner and smashed it into Manuel Neuer’s outstretched boot, finding the back of the net to score South Korea's opening goal against Germany.

Kim Young-gwon wheels away in celebration after scoring against Germany on Wednesday.   -  Getty Images

Germany was on its way out of the World Cup when its final group stage match against South Korea was heading towards a 0-0 draw. It was all about the World Champion being knocked out, but in the third minute of the injury time, South Korea did the unthinkable.

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Kim Young-Gwon latched on to a loose ball inside the penalty box from a corner and smashed it into Manuel Neuer’s outstretched boot, finding the back of the net. The linesman put his flag up for offside creating two more minutes of suspense, but VAR confirmed that that pass came off Toni Kroos’ boot and Kim’s goal stood, sparking wild celebrations in the Korean dugout.

Kim Young-gwon slots the ball past Manuel Neuer to score against Germany.   -  Getty Images

 

Kim's goal was undoubtedly the turning point of the tie and South Korea skipper Hueng-min Son went on to add another goal in the dying stages of additional time to further add to Germany's woes.

The 28-year-old has been a mainstay in the South Korean national team, having made his debut with the U-20 side in 2008. He then represented the U-23 national team and has been part of the senior squad since 2010.

Another notable moment in Kim's career was when he scored the second goal in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup semifinal win over, which led South Korea into the Asian Cup final for the first time since 1988.

Kim began his club career in 2010 with Japanese side FC Tokyo in the J1 League and he then switched to Omiya Ardija later the same year. After spending two years at Japan, Kim made the move to the Chinese Super League and joined Guangzhou Evergrande on a four-year-deal. He has made 93 appearances and has scored three goals in his six years with the Chinese outfit.

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