Mexico Impressive In Victory Over South Korea


What's fun about all this is that if Sweden and Germany win next game, we have a three way tie for 1st place in Group F. Mexico doesn't have an insurmountable goal differential, either.

Germany pressed hard for the victor but it looked like Sweden had held out until Kroos curled in a free kick from a right angle to spark scenes of huge relief among the Germans.

Germany, who had influential defender Jerome Boateng sent off for a second yellow card, were far from convincing and put in a nervous display after a barrage of criticism following defeat to Mexico.

He kept Germany alive in the World Cup and established himself as the undisputed leader of the team at a time when others of his generation had failed to do so.

With Germany getting in behind Sweden's full backs at will and fizzing passes across the box, it looked like a matter of time before they scored, but Toivonen's goal gave Sweden breathing space. It was a thing of beauty.

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. Germany will take on Korea, while Sweden battles group-leader Mexico.

That was until Nationalelf reminded everyone why they are the defending World Cup champions. 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.

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.

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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.

The holders are left needing to better Sweden's result in the final round of games - against South Korea and Mexico respectively - if they are to go through, while the chances of Germany meeting Brazil in the round of 16 boosted by Mexico's earlier win over South Korea.

"We missed a couple of good chances but I appreciated the spirit of the team, we never lost hope of winning the match".

The Red Devils were rampant at times and rested both forwards in the second half for tougher tests ahead.

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The Manchester City man started the move that ended with Lukaku chipping over Belgian keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha, the Manchester United striker drawing level with Cristiano Ronaldo on four goals in the race for the golden boot.

Man of the Match: Hazard, who was all over the pitch Saturday afternoon.