After a dispiriting performance against Mexico, Germany dug into their mental reserves to pull off a last minute victory against Sweden.
A victory over South Korea coupled with a draw or a victory for Mexico over Sweden will ensure qualification.
South Korea on the other hand, after two defeats, and only a solitary goal scored, can still qualify if they beat Germany and Sweden lose to Mexico by two or more goals.
Shifting Philipp Lahm back to his specialist right back position was one of the key tactical decisions Low made in the 2014 World Cup.
Low will hope that dropping Ozil and Khedira would reap similar dividends.
Sebastian Rudy, Khedira’s replacement started the game against Sweden dynamically, giving them a forward momentum they lacked in their opener.
Unfortunately, a concussion cut short his stay, with Gundogan substituting him.
Germany will look to build on that purposive start, with the pairing of Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan pivotal to setting a positive tempo.
Julian Brandt could make his first start, after impressive cameo appearances in the previous games.
Werner, who hasn't scored yet is in danger of losing his spot to Mario Gomez.
A more direct approach against South Korea could pave the way for qualification.
South Korea have been beset by injuries from the onset of the tournament.
Versatile midfielder, Park Joo-ho limped off with a hamstring injury against Sweden while Koo Ja-cheol, the experienced box to box midfielder, missed the crucial encounter against Mexico.
In Son Heung- min, South Korea have a genuine world beater who can trouble the best of defences, but he has lacked the requisite service to effect games.
Manager Shin Tae-yong will have to maximise the attacking potential of his team, and to do so, the towering striker, Kim Shin-wook may start to provide a focal point to the attack.
Player to Watch
Julian Brandt: The Bayern Leverkusen youngster, had a breakthrough Bundesliga season, scoring 9 goals from attacking midfield. He can play anywhere behind the striker with his close control and ability to dribble. He could provide the much needed spark in a must win encounter for his team.
Ki-Sung-yueng: At his best, Ki is a sublime central midfielder, picking passes at will, dictating the flow of the game. His recent form, though, hasn't been up to standards, as he suffered relegation from the Premier League with Swansea.
Against a German midfield, which is still finding its feet, the composure of Ki will be crucial for South Korea’s chances.
Neuer- Kimmich, Ruediger, Hummels, Hector- Kroos, Gundogan- Brandt, Muller, Reus- Gomez.
South Korea: 1-4-4-2
H.W.Cho- Y. Lee, H. Jang, Y. Kim, M. Kim- J. Lee, S.Ju, S. Ki, H. Hwang- H. Son, S. Kim.
First Published: IST