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Will Joachim still be smiling on Saturday night

Sweden could put up a fight against Mexico like they did against Germany and could even come out with a win.

Toni Kroos sure has a flare for the dramatic. He is also the third player to score at three different World Cups for Mexico.

Four years after Spain became just the fifth champions sent packing after a disastrous group-stage campaign, Joachim Loew's pre-tournament favourites could still be stopped at the first round for the first time since 1938.

The World Cup dreams of many will be over by the end of this round, but others will have their hopes alive as they go into the Round of 16 of the competition. Could Germany follow the same path?

For Monday's training, South Korea reportedly practiced their counterattack tactics against Germany.

Sweden can qualify with a win over Mexico if Germany lose to South Korea, and if both Sweden and Germany win it is possible the Swedes could advance on goal difference. If the matches finish with the same score, Germany will finish second because they beat Sweden.


Toni Kroos said his last-gasp victor made amends for his earlier mistake and kept the holder's World Cup dreams alive.

The Borussia Dortmund forward missed Brazil 2014 with torn ankle ligaments, Euro 2016 with a groin problem and Germany's 2017 Confederations Cup triumph with torn knee ligaments. "We backed him up in a good way, together", defender Pontus Jansson told reporters.

"We were a strong group from day one, and obviously this can help".

- Mexico have failed to get beyond the last 16 since 1986, when they reached the quarter-finals as tournament hosts. We were clear after the match that this (the abuse of Durmaz) was unacceptable.

"We'd have to take full advantage of that with our quick counter-attacks through Seungwoo or Seonmin".

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