World Champions Germany Beaten By Korea, Out of World Cup; Sweden, Mexico Advance

World champions Germany on Wednesday were eliminated from the 2018 World Cup after their 2-0 defeat against South Korea.

Sweden thumped Mexico 3-0 in the other Group F game but the two march on to the round of 16.

Germany created few clear cut scoring chances and had to deal with some nervous moments by the Koreans in the first half.

Leon Goretzka was denied by Korea’s keeper Jo Hyeonwoo with an acrobatic save in the 48th minute while Timo Werner’s shot two minutes later missed target.

Mario Gomez missed a glit edge opportunity but the ball was cleared in time before hr could pull the trigger.

Heung Min Son came close to putting his team ahead in the 77th minute but only let fly a weak shot that went off target at the edge of the box.

Ju Sojong’s  90th minute goal was deemed to be legitimate after the VAR overruled an earlier offside decision suggested by the assistant referee.

Son pounced on a loose ball and on a counter scored the second goal to kill the champions’ dreams of retaining their title.

Sweden secured a place in the last 16 of the World Cup by thumping Mexico 3-0 in a pulsating encounter in Ekaterinburg.

Janne Andersson’s side reaped the rewards of a relentless attacking display to secure top spot in Group F, with Mexico following them through as runners-up following Germany’s shock 2-0 defeat.

The impressive Guillermo Ochoa kept Emil Forsberg and Marcus Berg out in the opening period, but Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed a deserved opener through the Mexico goalkeeper in the 50th minute.

Andreas Granqvist rifled home 12 minutes after Pitana pointed to the spot for Hector Moreno’s challenge on Berg, the Mexico defender’s booking ruling him out of the last 16.

Edson Alvarez inadvertently sent the ball into his own net as Sweden moved out of sight.

By Izuchukwu Okosi

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