Mexico 0-3 Sweden | Highlights and Goals | FIFA World Cup 2018

Devastated on the pitch, trailing 3-0 after a performance riddled with anxiety and inhibition, with the minutes ticking down on Mexico’s World Cup Javier Hernández did the only thing that really mattered in the circumstances. He pelted over to the touchline and asked his bench the burning question. What the hell is the score of Germany v South Korea? It was 0-0, there was still hope.

This was one of these extraordinary events where emotions were stretched to the fraying edges of reason. In stoppage time in Ekaterinburg the mood transformed, a charge cascading around the crowd. A goal for South Korea! But then the celebrations shrank as news of an offside flag spread. Elation part two came moments later as a referee in front of a television monitor nearly 1,000 kilometers away in Kazan made his decision. Germany’s elimination turned this match into a party in two parts – Sweden were elated, justifiably so, after a superb team performance ensured they top Group F. Mexico’s salty-sweet evening was almost too much for some of their players to take in.

Hernández had called this the alternative Group of Death. But who could have imagined it would be Germany who would fall on their sword. From devastation to elation and everywhere in between. Only sport can do this. For Sweden it meant so much after their stressful week, dealing with their own heartbreakingly late defeat against Germany, emotions running high.

Sweden were pumped up from the first minute to last. Over the 90 minutes Sweden played as if on a mission that was about more than just football. In the post-Zlatan era, they play with so much more emphasis on the sense of team, even if they don’t have such an obvious outlet for moments of individual inspiration.

Ludwig Augustinsson Goal

Andreas Granqvist Goal

Edson Álvarez Own Goal

Mexico 0-3 Sweden | Edson Álvarez Own Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

Fabian wastes no time too! He launches a blinder of a shot from distance, 25 yards out on the right, and it tickles the roof of the netting as it flies over. Better intent from Mexico after 10 minutes spent at sea.

Mexico win themselves a free-kick deep on their right wing, in line with the Sweden box, which is turned in smartly for Hernandez who can’t quite push it under the crossbar.

It’s been a great tournament for Granqvist; the Swedish captain is the first defender to score two penalties in a single World Cup since Fernando Hierro for Spain in 2002.

It’s a terrible own goal from Alvarez as he misses an attempted clearance and puts the ball into the back of his own net for an own goal. Mexico have been their own worst enemy in this second half; their hopes are hanging by a thread.

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Edson Álvarez Own Goal

Mexico 0-2 Sweden | Andreas Granqvist Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

As it stands, Mexico are still through, with South Korea and Germany locked at 0-0 – but all it would take is one goal for Die Mannschaft and they would be in serious trouble.

A nasty looking injury for Larsson spells the end of his game and he is helped from the field to be replaced by Gustav Svensson.

Berg puts a header in on Ochoa at the left edge of the Mexican box following a cross and goes down though no penalty is awarded.

But there is one now! Moreno bowls over Berg in the box and the referee points straight to the spot! The defender can’t believe it but there’s no need for VAR; the referee books him too for that clumsy tackle.

The captain steps up to take the penalty and, with little fanfare, blasts it into the top left corner. On the touchline, Jan Olof Andersson makes a small fist-pump. The Swedes are heading to the top of Group F as it stands.

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Andreas Granqvist Goal

Mexico 0-1 Sweden | Ludwig Augustinsson Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

There’s been no weak link for either side but both coaches may be thinking about an early change to try and swing momentum in their direction. Carlos Vela has missed a trio of brilliant chances for Mexico; if unable to find the mark soon, he may see himself removed from the action.

It’s all square at the break at Central Stadium with no goals to speak of – but it has been far from a dull encounter between Mexico and Sweden. The main talking point will be referee Nestor Pitana’s decision to not award a penalty to Sweden following a VAR check for a Javier Hernandez handball, which left manager Jan Olof Andersson incensed. There’s a sense that goals are coming though; the two sides have mustered 19 shots between them. At half-time though, it’s scoreless; Mexico 0-0 Sweden.

Mexico win themselves a corner and whip it in only for Lindelof to head away. Salcedo tries to tip a cross back in for Vela to deliver the follow-up but Lustig is the man to clear this time.

The left-back, unmarked 10 yards inside the Mexico box, catches Claesson’s looped cross over the defence with a left-footed volley and puts it into the right corner despite Ochoa getting a hand to it. Sweden have the breakthrough!

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Ludwig Augustinsson Goal

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Carlos Vela has Mexico’s best shot in the 16th minute, but his kick sends the ball just wide of the net. So far, Mexico has dominated possession, but Sweden has had more shots. Vela couldn’t believe he missed that one.

Sweden probably should be leading, but Mexico has had the best scoring chance so far.

The match has been animated and fiery from the start. A mere 10 seconds in, Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo draws a yellow card for a midfield, mid-air collision with Ola Toivonon.

Four minutes in, controversy erupts. Both teams get a break with Mexico avoiding another yellow when Guillermo Ochoa appeared to handle the ball outside the penalty area and Sweden getting a great chance on a free kick close in. Ochoa, though, is up to the task and leaps to knock the kick by Emil Forsberg away.

Was Mexico lucky to avoid a yellow there?

Eleven minutes in, Marcus Berg’s bicycle kick goes just wide of the net. This game is the antithesis of France-Denmark on Tuesday. It has been lit from the get-go.

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Germany vs South Korea Live Streaming HD | FIFA World Cup 2018

Given Germany’s nerve-jangling last-gasp victory over Sweden, it would come as no surprise if their players still had adrenaline coursing through their veins when they take to the pitch in Kazan on Wednesday. Ironically, Korea Republic will also have celebrated Toni Kroos’ sensational late strike as it meant the Taeguk Warriors still have a theoretical chance of reaching the last 16.

Unravelling all of the Group F permutations is a complex task, but suffice to say that none of the quartet have booked their place in the knockout rounds yet, and none of them are completely out of the running either. Click here for a detailed look at what could happen – including the possibility of a drawing of lots.

After two surprisingly off-key performances, it will be intriguing to see whether the reigning world champions have now truly “arrived at the tournament,” as Thomas Muller suggested after the Sweden game. Indeed, that is precisely what will give the Koreans hope, as Germany appear to be vulnerable. Can the east Asians be the side to force *Die Nationalmannschaft* out of a FIFA World Cup at the group stage for the first time ever?

The Taeguk Warriors’ emotions have swung from one extreme to another in Russia. They appeared to be destined for home after suffering a second defeat but are now determined to take advantage of their chance to reach the last 16. However, captain Ki Sungyueng misses out through injury, so Koo Jacheol is likely to replace him in central midfield, while coach Shin Taeyong is expected to retain his 4-4-2 formation.

It remains to be seen how good Germany really are at these finals. Although the four-time world champions were much improved in many regards in their second outing compared to their first against Mexico, they nevertheless still allowed a somewhat tame Sweden side to create good opportunities on the counter. There is no doubt, however, that the last-ditch victory in Sochi has created a defiant ‘we’re still here’ atmosphere throughout the camp. The match against the Koreans will determine whether there is more to come from Joachim Low’s men, who will be without the suspended Jerome Boateng.

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Argentina 2-1 Nigeria | Marcos Rojo Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

Big moment for Nigeria after Banega concedes a free-kick just outside the box and Etebo smashes an effort onto the roof of the net. Very, very close but Argentina fight on!

Meza tumbles in the box and Argentina desperately appeal for a penalty. Nigeria stand firm but it’s still very finely balanced in St. Petersburg.

Argentina lead 2-1! Rojo could be the hero! Mercado curls a superb cross into the middle where the Manchester United man tucks home superbly with his right foot. The roof has just lifted off the stadium!

Mercado’s deliver was pinpoint and an unlikely hero emerges for Argentina. A cruel blow for Nigeria.

Marcos Rojo Goal

Croatia 2-1 Iceland | Highlights and Goals | FIFA World Cup 2018

Iceland have been eliminated from the World Cup after a 2-1 defeat against Croatia in their final Group D game.

Milan Badelj sprinted into the area unmarked to volley past the goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson in the 57th minute after a poor clearance by the Iceland back line.

The Iceland defender Sverrir Ingason nearly scored twice just moments later, heading just over and then again off the crossbar.

Gylfi Sigurdsson finally did score the equaliser with a penalty in the 76th minute after a handball in the area, but Ivan Perisic then sealed victory for Croatia who had had already qualified for the knockout stage.

Iceland had to win all three points to have a chance of progressing into the last 16.

Milan Badelj Goal

Gylfi Sigurðsson Goal

Ivan Perisic Goal

Argentina 2-1 Nigeria | Highlights and Goals | FIFA World Cup 2018

Argentina have squeezed through to the knockout stages of the World Cup after Marcos Rojo’s superb late volley goal secured a victory over Nigeria that took them above their opponents and into second place in Group D. They will face France in the last 16 on Saturday.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side looked to be heading out after Victor Moses’s penalty cancelled out Lionel Messi’s brilliant first-half goal but Rojo’s instinctive 86th-minute effort following Gabriel Mercado’s cross shattered Nigeria’s hopes.

Messi, and Argentina, had started much more promisingly here than in their previous two matches but Jorge Sampaoli’s team were unable to maintain their momentum after the break as Nigeria improved.

The Argentinian goalkeeper Willy Caballero paid the price for his error in the defeat by Croatia and was replaced by the uncapped River Plate keeper Franco Armani. Gonzalo Higuaín was selected over Sergio Agüero in attack, while Marcos Rojo, Ángel Di María and Éver Banega were also brought in to an Argentinian side facing elimination after collecting only one point from their first two games.

Argentina went ahead inside 14 minutes courtesy of Messi’s first goal in Russia. Banega spotted him with a terrific pass over the top and the Barcelona forward deftly controlled the ball with his thigh, took another touch and then fired into the far corner with his right foot.

Messi was much more involved here than he had been in the previous two matches and hit a post later in the half with a free-kick later that the goalkeeper Francis Uzoho got a slight touch on.

Lionel Messi Goal

Victor Moses Goal

Marcos Rojo Goal

Argentina 1-1 Nigeria | Victor Moses Goal | FIFA World Cup 2018

Etebo whips a corner into the middle and Mascherano is adjudged to have fouled a Nigeria man inside the area.

Mascherano is booked for the foul but the punishment could get worse for Argentina.

VAR is being consilted and there is definitely contact between Mascherano and Balogun. It may be harsh but the defenders have been warned throughout the tournament and have not learnt their lesson.

Moses tucks home from the spot and it’s 1-1! The Chelsea man was cool after an extended wait to take the penalty, waiting for Armani to make his move and slotting to the right-hand side.

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Victor Moses Goal