Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Defending champion Germany knocked out of 2018 World Cup

Defending champion Germany knocked out of 2018 World Cup

Sweden, who at half-time were heading home from Russian Federation, scored three times in the second half to top Group F with a deserved win.

With Mexico falling 3-0 behind to Sweden in Ekaterinburg it was left with no choice but to hope that the Germans failed to win their game against South Korea, being played simultaneously in Kazan.

Switzerland found itself scrutinized following its 2-1 victory over Serbia because three of its players used the match to make political statements. Mexico will take on Brazil.

Star man Emil Forsberg may be the man to help his skipper do it.

"In the beginning, the first games were different because I felt I can do it much better than them, obviously. However and nevertheless, I am very hurt", said coach Juan Carlos Osorio.

Sweden's Sebastian Larsson was booked in the first half for a high challenge on Hirving Lozano and will miss their last-16 match through suspension, as will Mexico's Moreno. "I was not happy how we defended, it was a learning experience for me".

"It is quite awesome to realise that you can play in that manner".

But without an improvement on this performance they risk falling once again at the stage where they have been knocked out in the last six World Cups.

Captain, Andreas Granqvist stepped up to spot and doubled the lead.

Sweden, with their greater physicality, were on top, but Mexico were unsafe on the break. Should he play, all eyes will be on the forward's response to the racist social media abuse he received in the wake of the incident that prompted Sweden's squad to issue a united condemnation of the perpetrators. Hernandez notched his 50th worldwide goal in Mexico's 2-1 win over South Korea on Saturday.

"It's very, very hard to put it into words", said Germany defender Mats Hummels, a member of the team that won in Brazil four years ago. "I am not like that (gloating), it is not like that in sport".

The second goal came via a penalty after the referee ruled that a Swedish player had been fouled in the penalty area. Javier said no one inside Mexico's locker room is disappointed about not having already earned its place in what would be its seventh consecutive spot in the round of 16.

While Fernando Hierro's side - who survived a scare 10 minutes after the break as Nordin Amrabat's strike hit the woodwork - snatched a point, Portugal were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran thanks to a late goal by their opponents.

Sweden needed a goal and five minutes after half-time they got it, Augustinsson popping up from left-back to volley in.

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