Mexico on brink of last 16 after confident win over South Korea

Posted June 28, 2018

Defender Mats Hummels is set to miss Germany's second group game against Sweden on Saturday after suffering a minor neck injury in training, coach Joachim Low told his prematch news conference on Friday.

Day 10 at the 2018 World Cup gave us 13 games, three winners and an absolutely insane finish in the last game.

Toni Kroos said his last-gasp victor to seal a dramatic 2-1 win for Germany over Sweden made amends for his earlier mistake and kept the holders' Soccer World Cup dreams alive.

Belgium, meanwhile, produced one of the few free-scoring performances of the tournament so far with Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard in fine form for the Red Devils. Both teams love to keep the ball on the ground, but the tactical strictness of the Koreans with very little room for creativity (or very little ability to deploy it) could come in handy for Mexico, who stunned Germany not just by beating but by completely outplaying them.

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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.

If you weren't doing so already, you probably should start taking Mexico seriously in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. While a late goal from South Korea made the score close, the game, in reality, wasn't. "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".

Prediction: Mexico win again and book a place in the round of 16.

For 90-plus minutes, Germany looked as if it would enter the final match facing the same possible fate as Spain and Italy and potentially become the third consecutive defending champion to fail to reach the knockout stage. 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. You can read all about the Group F tiebreakers and chaos scenarios here.

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In first-half stoppage time, after a rapid Swedish counter-attack, Viktor Claesson opted to cut inside rather than shoot first time and a presentable opening for a second goal was lost.

With his two goals, Lukaku now is tied with Cristiano Ronaldo on the top scorer leaderboard.

Next up: Belgium will play England on Thursday in what will be a major test for both clubs.

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