Mats Hummels fit to face South Korea in Group F decider
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jun 26, 2018,
Jun 26, 2018, 3:21
Sweden sits third in the group, level on three points and with the same goal difference of zero as Germany, leaving Sebastian Larsson and his teammates to make a simple calculation. "We have to win and not just 1-0".
Sweden, who beat South Korea 1-0 in their first match, have three points and were unlucky not to collect another from their game with Germany, who they had been holding to a draw until Toni Kroos' last-minute victor.
"I would just like to say a few things regarding what happened after the game yesterday", Durmaz said, while reading from a prepared statement from his phone at Sweden's training center, while his fellow squad members stood behind him.
"I said before the game that Reus would score", said a beaming Dieter Mann, a 60-year-old tour guide with Germany flags stuck to his head. "It is completely unacceptable". I will never let any racists destroy that pride.
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa celebrates with family members at the end of the group F match between Mexico and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018.
A controversial Chicharito goal gave Mexico a win over South Korea
But history was not on Mexico's side because it had not won back-to-back matches at a World Cup since 2002. Osorio's team started on the front foot, with Miguel Layun seeing plenty of the ball in wide positions.
A victory in its final group game, against winless South Korea, would put it in a very solid position to advance.
"Overall, we once again had phases where we played really well and didn't use our chances".
Sweden took the lead in the 32nd minute when Ola Toivonen finished confidently after Kroos gave the ball away in midfield.
After Sweden took the lead in Sochi on Saturday, Reus sparked Germany's fightback with a second-half equaliser before Toni Kroos hit the victor. "The Swedish Football Association filed it so that Jimmy can focus on what he is here for - to play football", Hakan Sjostrand, the association's general secretary, said in a statement. Under that scenario Sweden would be the group champion and Mexico the group runner-up. South Korea are winless after defeats in their opening two games.
If Kroos' shot was deflected, a little too high, or didn't have the flawless whipping curl, Germany would be sitting with one point, needing a victory on its last group game and a lot of help to keep alive a streak of making the knockout round in every World Cup since 1938.