As the last fixtures of the FIFA World Cup 2018 round-robin matches have been taking places, Group F has had its conclusion with the shocking exit of the world champions Germany as Mexico and Sweden proceed through to the round of 16.
South Korea vs Germany Team News:
South Korea (4-4-2): Hyun-Woo Cho; Yong Lee, Young-Sun Yun, Young-Gwon Kim, Chul Hong; Jae-Sung Lee, Woo-Young Jung, Hyun-Soo Jan, Seon-Min Moon (Se-Jong Joo, 69′); Ja-Cheol Koo (Hee-Chan Hwang, 56′, Yo-Han Go, 79′), Heung-Min Son.
Germany (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Mats Hummels, Niklas Sule, Jonas Hector (Julian Brandt, 78′); Samy Khedira (Mario Gomez, 58′), Toni Kroos; Leon Goretzka (Thomas Muller, 63′), Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus; Timo Werner.
The reigning world champions Germany have been shown the exit door from the tournament following another shocking 2-0 defeat to the Asian giants South Korea in their last group league fixture. The Germans started in a very casual manner starting with the team selection. They continued with their unimpressive performance throughout the whole tournament followed by no positive move at all. This match was not an exception too.
With the absence of Jerome Boateng following a red card in the previous match, Germany manager Joakim Low promoted the Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule leaving the Chelsea man Antonio Rudiger out from the first XI. He also left out the stars including Julian Draxler and Thomas Muller and brought Mesut Ozil and Leon Goretzka in the starting XI. But irrespective of the changes, Germany failed to create any proper penetration in the South Korean defense.
On the other hand, South Korea maintained their disciplined defense throughout the whole match and in the end, in the 92nd minute, they grabbed the crucial goal following messy German defense. Initially, the referee ruled the goal out claiming it an offside. But later it was counted in favor of South Korea with the help of VAR. In the 96th minute of the game, the Koreans hammered the last nail in the German coffin following a counter-attack against the open German defense.
South Korea vs Germany highlights:
Mexico vs Sweden Team News:
Mexico (4-2-3-1): Guillermo Ochoa; Edson Alvarez, Carlos Salcedo, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo (Marco Fabian, 65′); Andreas Guardado (Jesus Corona, 75′), Hector Herrera; Miguel Layun (Oribe Peralta, 89′), Carlos Vela, Hirving Lozano; Javier Hernandez.
Sweden (4-4-2): Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig, Victor Nilsson Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Ludwig Augustinsson; Victor Claesson, Sebastian Larsson (Gustav Svensson, 57′), Albin Ekdal (Oscar Hiljemark, 80′), Emil Forsberg; Marcus Berg (Issac Kiese Thelin, 68′), Ola Toivonen.
The Swedish have done some of the biggest upsets in the football history as their dominated victory over Mexico has confirmed the world champion’s exit so early in the tournament.
Sweden started the game in very desperate manner because they knew that they had to consider a victory only to have any chances of proceeding through to the next round. With a goalless first half, Sweden grabbed the first goal of the match in the 50th minute following a left-footed volley from the left back Ludwig Augustinsson.
They increased their lead in the 62nd minute of the game as the skipper Andreas Granqvist did no mistake in scoring from the penalty and in the 74th minute, they grabbed the last goal of the match as the Mexico right-back Edson Alvarez missed a clearance and put the ball into the back of their own net.
Sweden vs Mexico Highlights:
With this scoreline, Sweden proceeds through to the next round as the topper of the Group-F and Mexico qualifies as the runners-up. Meanwhile, Germany’s elimination from the group stages for the first time since 1990 has ensured that the World Cup will have its new owners for this edition.