Korea Sends Germany Home in World Cup

Jo Caldwell
June 30, 2018

A deserved 1-0 victory over Germany was followed by a 2-1 win against the Koreans to put them in control of the group, but they still need a point to make absolutely sure of reaching the knockout rounds.

Sweden thumped Mexico 3-0 on Wednesday, overpowering their opponents after a scoreless first half in a result that means both teams advance to the World Cup last 16 at the expense of defending champions Germany.

Mexico's Alvarez piled more misery on his team after scoring an own goal to gift a 3-0 lead to Sweden which eventually turned out to be the final scoreline in the match.

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"This is the Group of Death", he added, saying Mexico had a "magnificent opportunity to break that ceiling" after falling at the last-16 stage in each of the last six World Cups.

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"In the beginning, the first games were different because I felt I can do it much better than them, obviously".

Augustinsson struck in the 50th minute and Granqvist smashed home a penalty seven minutes later after Hector Moreno fouled Marcus Berg.

Mexico's supporter gestures during the group F match between Mexico and Sweden, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Should he play, all eyes will be on the forward's response to the racist social media abuse he received in the wake of the incident that prompted Sweden's squad to issue a united condemnation of the perpetrators.

And there are still 20 more matches to be played.

Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is beaten from the penalty spot.

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Their day got even worse when Isaac Thelin flicked Viktor Claesson's throw into the path of the unfortunate Alvarez who steered the ball past his own goalkeeper from a yard out, meaning one Germany goal would eliminate Mexico.

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Sweden, who have rallied behind Durmaz, can qualify with a victory or a draw against Mexico if Germany lose to South Korea.

"We always knew we would have to fight all the way to the last game", Ochoa said. Having something to play for in this final group stage game fits right into this team's mentality, Hernandez said. They were still in position to advance despite trailing Sweden, but they were waiting - some with tears in their eyes - for Germany to do the inevitable and ruin their chances of moving on.

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