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A Swedish win over Mexico was combined with a well established South Korea, who scored two goals in the final minutes to eliminate Germany from the 2018 World Cup and leave it without the possibility of defending the title it won four years ago in Brazil.
Sweden, knowing that they needed the victory to secure a place in the round of 16, went in search of spaces against Mexico, which began controlling ball possession, especially in midfield.
That dominance did not translate into goals, but in tiredness that began to take its toll in the second half, in which the Swedes began to losen up and began to find gaps in the Mexican defense.
In the 50th minute the first Swedish goal came, at the feet of Ludwig Augustinsson, who received a pass from Viktor Claesson and fired straight at goalkeeper Memo Ochoa with his left.
A foul from Hector Moreno inside the penalty area gave Andreas Granqvist the opportunity to score a penalty in the 62nd minute, 2-0, while the win was crowned with an own goal by Edson Alvarez.
Meanwhile, in Kazan, South Korea put all the effort to prevent Germany from taking the three points, and the prize for their approach came in stoppage time, with two goals that sealed the farewell of the Germans,
defending champions of the World title.
In the 90 minutes both teams had their chances, but could not find a way to breach the goalkeepers Manuel Neuer and Jo Hyeon-Wo, who answered correctly every time they were called upon.
It was already in stoppage time when the South Koreans found the spaces, with a pass to Kim Young-Gwon in the 92nd minute created a face-to-face with Neuer to beat him without mitigating.The goal was
canceled at first due to offside, but the VAR told referee Mark Geiger that Kim had been assisted by a German player, which validated the goal.
In desperation, Germany played with all its pieces, including the goalkeeper, which generated a counterattack that was crowned with a long pass to a solitary Son Heung-min who in minute 96 could score against an empty goal to decree the elimination of Germany in group stage for the first time in its history.
The elimination of the world champion began to weave itself with its defeat by 1 goal in the opening day against Mexico, and although after winning in a hurry against Sweden, did not prove to have the necessary drive to impose itself on a rival that on paper looked inferior and finished the group stage with two defeats and a never expected last place in the table.
With these results, Sweden finished in the first place of Group E, so they will play with the second of Group F, while Mexico finished in second place and will have to face the first of Group F in the second round.