Dramatic late goal saves Germany; Mexico and Belgium victorious

Carrie Guzman
June 24, 2018

Germany suffered a shock defeat against Mexico in their opening Group F tie, with the reigning champions now set to face Sweden in a make-or-break second outing.

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Germany coach Joachim Low said he was not aware of any taunting.

The defending world champions come into Saturday's game in Sochi with their hopes of reaching the last 16 hanging by a thread after losing their opening match 1-0 against Mexico.

Toni Kroos says his dramatic late winning goal against Sweden will upset many of Germany's critics at home whom he believes were rooting for die Mannschaft to be eliminated from the World Cup. He didn't enter until the 60th minute in the loss to Mexico, but he immediately improved Germany's attack.

"Mats Hummels will probably not be able to play". Here are some tweets from people burying and clowning the Germans after the Swedes scored the first goal of the match in the 32nd minute.

So expectations are high for Belgium to sail past Tunisia in Group G play Saturday at Spartak Stadium.

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Romelu Lukaku was also ruled a potential doubt for England's final game of the group, against Belgium on Thursday. We are just thinking about winning this game, the bad start makes it super hard but we know that we are a strong team.

All-time top scorer Javier Hernandez sealed victory in the second half at the World Cup match against South Korea.

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"I don't know if we've sent a message to other teams, but internally we've spread a clear message that that we can, and are completely capable of competing with anyone", Mexico defender Miguel Layun said.

South Korea received four yellow cards while committing the highest number of fouls in a game of any team so far in Russian Federation.

"What often happens against teams with less history is that the human being tends to relax but we dedicated all week to making sure we did not let that happen and fortunately the message didn't get lost among all the praise the team has received", he said.

The closest they came to scoring in the first half was with a header from a corner which Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa tipped over the bar.

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