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Kroos Missile Secures Last-Gasp Germany Win

28 June, 2018, 06:01 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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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.

Marco Reus, who scored the first German goal and equalizer against Sweden, was proclaimed the player of the match after Germany beat Sweden 2-1 in Sochi on the second day of Group F.

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Germany scored a last-minute, stoppage-time goal against Sweden to save their World Cup hopes on Saturday.

"All I am saying is people behaved in ways you don't, you cheer when you win, you leave the opponents to feel sad, you don't react in the way they did". If Germany and Sweden's margin of victory is two or more goals each, that would send Mexico home.

Mexico could lose and also go through if Germany fails to win, but there is also a chance Mexico, Sweden and Germany all finish with six points, and then it will come down to tiebreakers, with goal differential being the first one.

The Swedes defended resolutely in the first half, and were unlucky not to have a penalty as Marcus Berg was brought down in Germany's box by Jerome Boateng, who had a game to forget.

"Whether we knock out Germany is one thing, but we have a chance to qualify and that is extraordinary".

However, Germany must be anxious by this stats; Sweden have faced the reigning World Cup champion at the World Cup twice before and won both times.

Man of the Match: While Roos will receive all the glory, Reus helped set the pace for Germany and nixed all of Sweden's momentum with his goal.

During his post-match press conference, head coach Shin Tae-yong said he wasn't sure if Ki would be 100 percent fit for South Korea's final group match against Germany next Wednesday.

Germany now face a decisive final tie with South Korea to seal their passage into the last 16.

With a win or draw vs. Sweden, Mexico wins the group and advances to the second round.

Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung Min curled in for South Korea three minutes into stoppage time but it was too late to mount a fightback. However, Mexico truly dominated for stretches, and looked every bit as good as the team that knocked off Germany.

Work still needs to be done with Mexico needing to avoid defeat against Sweden to be sure of making the last 16 for the seventh straight World Cup.

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