Germany eliminated from the World Cup

Jul 01, 2018, 00:43
Germany eliminated from the World Cup

"This is the Group of Death", he added, saying Mexico had a "magnificent opportunity to break that ceiling" after falling at the last-16 stage in each of the last six World Cups.

Sweden produced a sensational 3-0 win over Mexico as both sides progressed to the last 16 of the World Cup at the expense of Germany.

Aiming to end a run of six successive group stage eliminations, Mexico began their campaign in Russian Federation impressively by out-thinking world champions Germany in a 1-0 win and then beating South Korea 2-1.

The Mexicans were a shadow of the team that had beaten Germany and South Korea and had pundits speaking of them as potential world champions.

For Granqvist it was his second goal from the spot in the tournament, after he also scored on a penalty kick against South Korea.

Sweden were also incensed by the reaction of two German team officials to the goal, accusing them of "rubbing it in".

"We have handled the things that have happened - I'm so incredibly proud, moved nearly, by the thought of how we performed in the match", Sweden boss Andersson told a press conference. "We have everything to gain and we are mentally strong ahead of the match", Andersson told a news conference.

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Andersson said it was "hard to describe" his emotions when Andreas Granqvist stepped up to convert the penalty either side of Ludwig Augustinsson's opener and an own goal from Edson Alvarez.

Sweden took a 3-0 lead in the 74th minute, however, when Alvarez turned into the back of his own net from close range.

The victory capped an emotional week for the Blue-Yellow. The team made a statement on Sunday defending team-mate Jimmy Durmaz from criticism and racist attacks after his late foul led to a free-kick that won the game for Germany.

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That left Mexico in a perilous position, as a late German victor would have sent them crashing out, but two injury-time South Korean goals ensured Osorio's men edged through as runners-up.

Even after two wins in the group stage, Mexico is still not guaranteed a spot in the round of 16 just yet. But they controlled this one, and it was a big relief to Tite.

Brazil struck in the 36th minute after Philippe Coutinho delivered a attractive ball in behind the Serbian back line.

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Silva later scored with a powerful header in the 68th from Neymar's corner.

Mexico - who will play Group E winners Brazil - reached the second round as runners-up but boss Juan Carlos Osorio insists he was stung by the result.

Costa Rica was eliminated after losing its first two matches, which makes Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic wary of the match in Nizhny Novgorod.

Andersson had been infuriated by the celebrations of some of Germany's bench when Toni Kroos scored an injury-time victor last weekend to beat the Swedes 2-1.

"This is certainly not an ideal scenario", Switzerland midfielder Blerim Dzemaili said.

"We just need to move on", Ochoa said. "This is very disappointing".

"I'm incredibly proud of the team, they were so disciplined and they were so loyal".

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