Rampant Mexico see off South Korea to close on last 16

German players react during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico. More

German players react during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico. More

With the score tied in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Kroos seemed to remind Reus of a tricky set play from training that will live in World Cup lore.

World Cup Daily: Toni Kroos goes from villain to hero and celebrations cause a stir. "We ask you [to let us rest] with all our heart and we thank you for all the support".

Although they dominated possession against lacklustre opponents, Mexico also displayed their thrilling counter-attacking game with their second goal, when West Ham striker Hernandez added a neat finish to Hirving Lozano's surging run.

Germany soon took control of the match, achieving almost 80 percent possession of the ball and finding several clear chances to score, although the Swedish defense held the line.

"I was very pleased for him", Low said.

A defeat on Saturday could eliminate Loew's side, depending on the result of the day's other Group F game between Mexico and South Korea. "We should have taken the lead in the opening minutes and we failed to do that (but) there is joy now", Kroos told reporters. Germany forced Sweden to play defensively for nearly the entire second half and eventually the attack paid off.

But Gomez predicted a tough afternoon at what forecasters say will be a sun-baked Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. "He's shown that talent on previous occasions but really in this case it was practically the very last opportunity to win this match".

"They also have a great deal of depth on the bench".

A Swedish television reporter attempted to have a little fun at Germany's expense by handing Khedira a couple of fake airline tickets during an interview on Thursday morning in mock anticipation of Joachim Low's side being forced to catch an early plane home from Russian Federation. We are just thinking about winning this game, the bad start makes it super hard but we know that we are a strong team.

"I think if there's an anti-Sadio Mane plan there's not going to be any worries as long as this whole group setup is well in place".

'We analysed Sweden's game and we are sure we are winning this game'.

Equally, Mane said, it would be a mistake to focus on any individual in the Japanese team.

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