Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Mexico and South Korea

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Kristopher Love | 29 June, 2018, 23:39

Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan also brought focus on the team when they were pictured in May with controversial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of his country's elections, leading to Germany's political leaders asking for explanations.

"After a European or World Cup, you can judge the work that has been done in the previous two years".

Mexicans watched in horror as their side were thumped 3-0 in Yekaterinburg, leaving them keeping a nervous eye on the match between Germany and South Korea about 800km to the west in Kazan.

Sweden only made it to Russian Federation by beating Italy in the play-offs, but were worthy winners at the Yekaterinburg Arena, condemning Mexico's large following to a nervy ending as they became reliant on South Korea in Kazan.

Despite their mediocrity across the board, there was one particular player in the German squad who has been singled out for his poor displays. If we can't score a goal in 90 minutes against South Korea then we don't deserve to go through.

Defeat to South Korea on Wednesday saw the reigning champions suffer a shock early exit from the Finals, finishing bottom of Group F after three below-par performances.

This was the first time since 1938 that Germany was knocked out in the group stage.

It's been a World Cup to forget for Mesut Ozil.

Switzerland scored in the 88th minute, but it didn't stand up as the victor, as a Costa Rica scored again to level the match three minutes into stoppage time. "He has done an excellent job over many years, integrating many young players into the team".

Paulinho (36′) and Thiago Silva (68′) scored the goals for the Brazilians.

The win secured Brazil's spot atop Group E, with Switzerland joining them in the knockout round. "We tried everything to play football but we just couldn't get going". Low has subsequently admitted he felt there was a sense of superiority leading up to the 1-0 defeat to Mexico in their opening World Cup game.

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