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The most shocking group stage exits in World Cup history

The most shocking group stage exits in World Cup history

But, if Sweden beats Mexico on Wednesday and Germany beats South Korea, three teams would be tied atop Group F with six points.

Sweden top Group F on goal difference, meaning they will meet the runners-up of Group E, while the winners of that group will face Mexico.

"Mistakes like that happen even to Toni Kroos, so I am pleased that he then scored the goal".

It was also further evidence - coupled with a 1-0 victory over reigning world champions Germany - that Mexico can erase the pain of recent history. Brazil, in 2006, are the only team to have bucked that trend in all these years, though they remain the only other defending champions to have been eliminated in the group stages, in 1966.

Toni Kroos scored a late 95th-minute victor to keep the current world champions in the hunt to qualify for the knockout stages.

But football has a unusual way of making a mockery of the most well-grounded predictions and they went home after losing to a South Korea side that had already lost to Sweden and Mexico. Up front they have three, four fast players.




They have their destiny in their own hands but a win won't come cheap as the Koreans also have a slim chance of advancing to the next stage.

Wednesday is a huge day in the World Cup 2018 for Mexico and Sweden. Mentally, we're very, very strong.

"You've seen that we are a very tight squad", Granqvist said in the same news conference.

Germany need to win against South Korea to reach Round of 16.

For a side that had never failed to qualify from their World Cup group, Germany were remarkably sluggish and vulnerable when South Korea attacked. I didn't witness that because after the final whistle we were concentrating on other things.

England go into their final group game against Belgium safe in the knowledge that they have qualified for the next round, regardless of the result.

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