South Korea's World Cup hopes may just have been dealt another blow after a 2-1 loss to Mexico on Saturday, with their captain Ki Sung-yueng leaving the match on crutches with a leg injury. Yet the Germans sit with three points after Saturday's 2-1 victory over Sweden and a chance to avoid what befell Italy and Spain, the previous two defending champions who failed to advance from the group stage.
Sweden had scored in the first half on a clever counterattack, and with its one goal secured, made a decision to settle into some of the most defensive football seen at the World Cup so far.
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia - Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez scored a goal each to move Mexico closer to a spot in the round of 16 by beating South Korea.
"Sweden's first goal is my fault, I take the blame", he admitted after the game.
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After the Swedes struck first in the match, Germany responded with two unanswered goals, including a brilliant strike in stoppage time, to earn a 2-1 win in their second of three Group F matches.
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Kroos passed the ball short to Reus, who stopped it for his team mate to curl it into the top far corner of the goal for a sensational victor deep into stoppage time.
Toni Kroos said his last-gasp victor to seal a dramatic 2-1 win for Germany over Sweden made amends for his earlier mistake and kept the holders' Soccer World Cup dreams alive.
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As things stand in Group F, Mexico sits atop the table with six points, with Sweden and Germany both still alive with three. If all they can bring to the pitch is physicality, there's not much of a chance of hanging next to one of the most talented teams in this tournament.
Germany's victory puts them back on track to advance to the knockout stage if it can get a win against South Korea and have a better goal differential than the Swedes or Mexico depending on the outcome of their final match. Mexico, which has been among the more impressive teams in the tournament with two wins, could be eliminated if it doesn't get at least a draw against Sweden. However, Mexico truly dominated for stretches, and looked every bit as good as the team that knocked off Germany. Under that scenario Sweden would be the group champion and Mexico the group runner-up.
Despite an unimpressive first half, Belgium beat Panama 3-0 in its 2018 FIFA World Cup Group G opener last week.
Brazil back on track after two late goals
Brazil , already unbeaten in their recent 12 matches, looked for their first victory at the World Cup so as to reach the last 16. Tite again stressed the Paris St Germain forward was still getting back up to speed following his lengthy spell out injured.
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