Germany beat Sweden in final seconds

Germany beat Sweden in final seconds

Germany beat Sweden in final seconds

With Mexico top of Group F after winning their second match on Saturday, Germany play South Korea on Wednesday knowing they must do as well as the Swedes against Mexico if they are to progress to the knockout round.

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.

Saturday was no different, except their route to victory in a key World Cup group game at Russian Federation 2018 was anything but simple for the four-time world champions.

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. "When you look at the images, of course, the first impression is not that positive".

Sweden's Ola Toivonen, left, scored the game's opening goal, lobbing the ball over German keeper Manuel Neuer in the 32nd minute.

The ball arced over helpless keeper Robin Olsen into the net, sparking an explosion of German joy on the bench and in the stands as the reigning champions kick-started their World Cup campaign.

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Sweden maintained its lead into the break, but Germany wasted no time in the second half knotting the score at one apiece. "Our deep bench will help us in this case". Belgium took on Panama, Mexico faced South Korea and Germany ended the day against Sweden.

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Mexico avoided a letdown Saturday after upsetting Germany to start the tournament, handling South Korea by a 2-1 score But Mexico (six points) isn't safe yet.

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.

Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri got his team's second with nearly the last kick of the 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. South Korea, with zero points, could even advance. However, Mexico truly dominated for stretches, and looked every bit as good as the team that knocked off Germany. You can read all about the Group F tiebreakers and chaos scenarios here.

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