Who's in and who's out at the World Cup

Who's in and who's out at the World Cup

All Germany's other players are fit going into the match with the Swedes, who have not beaten the Germans for 40 years and last came out on top in a World Cup match 60 years ago.

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos scored a dramatic late victor to come from behind and beat Sweden 2-1 on Day 10 of the World Cup after the defending champions were reduced to 10 men.

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. In fact, if both Sweden and Germany win by one goal, the only way Mexico advances over Germany is if its game with Sweden has more total goals than Germany-South Korea.

However, Sweden had strong appeals for a penalty waved away by the referee in the 16th minute when Boateng appeared to bring Marcus Berg down just when the Al Ain striker was bearing down on goal.

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.

If you weren't doing so already, you probably should start taking Mexico seriously in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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In the earlier Group F game in Rostov-on-Don, Mexico strolled to a 2-1 win over South Korea, fueled with confidence from their opening victory over Germany.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook looked on from the stands in the Rostov Arena as part of their three-day visit to Russian Federation, but a second consecutive 1-0 defeat leaves the 2002 semifinalists them on the brink of an early exit from the tournament. "If we can play to our strengths, we will be good also against teams defending deep in their own half".

In the aftermath to one of the most memorable victories in Germany's long history of success, Toni Kroos and Marco Reus had a message for the critics back home waiting to see them fail. Germany was struggling, and while a draw would not have eliminated them from the knockout round, but it would have meant they needed to beat South Korea while getting help from Mexico just to advance.

There will be even more changes against South Korea. "Everything surrounding it was an avalanche, a deluge on the team, and of course we are looking forward to this match (Saturday) given that this adds to the challenge".

After almost a week of hearing what was wrong with German soccer following the loss to Mexico, the defending champions were on the verge of an even louder uproar. Now, the group is wide open.

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