Instead, the Germans became the fourth defending champions in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage following a 2-0 loss to South Korea on Wednesday.
Mexico's defender Jesus Gallardo is shown a yellow card by Argentine referee Hernan Maidana during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Mexico and Sweden at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 27, 2018.
- Two of the best teams in global soccer go into their final group matches in danger of being bounced from the World Cup.
Captain Andreas Granqvist will need to command his defence against a quick Mexico attacking line.
Sweden lost to a last-minute goal against 10-man Germany at the weekend, leaving them needing to better the champions' result on Wednesday, and against most expectations a goal rush from the Swedes transformed the group order.More news: Man United legend raves about Jesse Lingard after England display
Social media quickly filled up with memes and posts praising South Korea for its victory and thanking the team for helping secure Mexico's passage through to the next round of the World Cup. Augustinsson scored when the ball luckily landed in his path following a mistimed shot from Viktor Claesson popped up to his teammate. Today I made a decision to play four and we didn't succeed in our penetration in the last third - and we allowed them to score three goals which I think is too many.
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Sweden took a 3-0 lead in the 74th minute, however, when Alvarez turned into the back of his own net from close range. "This is the World Cup".
As the runner-up of Group F Mexico meets victor of Group E Monday in Samara.
VAR came into play in stoppage time after an offside decision overruling a Jang Hyun-Soo goal from a corner, was review by the referee and overturned, giving the Koreans a deserved lead.
It took them less than 30 seconds to make their mark on Sweden, Jesus Gallardo earning a yellow card for clattering into Ola Toivonen nearly straight from kick-off. But its aggressive style also bit them, opening up some counterstrike chances for Sweden, which it took advantage of. The Swedes stayed crisp in their exchanges and it helped them find seams in El Tri's defence. They were still in position to advance despite trailing Sweden, but they were waiting - some with tears in their eyes - for Germany to do the inevitable and ruin their chances of moving on.