Rampant Mexico see off South Korea to close on last 16

Paola Ditto
Giugno 24, 2018

As the game kicked off Mexico fans sang "We are the home team" and with green shirts dotted all over the stadium and rousing chants of "Ole!" bellowing around the arena every time their side passed the ball, it was hard to disagree.

"Sweden's first goal is my fault, I assume the responsibility, but it was fixed by the end, right?" he said.

Kroos' goal from a set piece came in the fifth and final minute of injury time.

"It's very easy to analyse who committed them".

Mexico leads Group F with six points, and Germany and Sweden both have three.

Ola Toivonen's deft first-half lob had left Joachim Low's side facing elimination but Marco Reus, starting in place of Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, prodded in an equaliser as Germany assumed control after the interval.

Toni Kroos' injury-time victor against Sweden revived defending champions Germany's hopes of becoming the first side to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962.

Despite Mexico being the only undefeated remaining in the group, El Tri still has not yet punched its ticket yet to the knockout round. "That's why they apologised, because they knew they did something wrong".

"You will have to ask the ladies, but I don't think I am a sex symbol".

Amid the Messi v Ronaldo arguments, there's this.

The nationalist symbol risked inflaming tensions in the Balkans among Serbians - who do not recognise Kosovo's independence - and ethnic Albanians. "He somehow dislodged a vertebra in his neck yesterday and has not improved", Loew said at Friday's pre-game press conference.

He said: "If the opposition have your team in any sport, that's a competitive advantage, but it's not the job of the media to protect that". A point for a draw would have been enough to stay alive for the knockout stage, but the Germans would have needed help on the final day.

Romelu Lukaku scored twice in the opening round and all three of Belgium's goals came from open play. "For Senegal what's important is the whole group and we are going to face a good team, but we are going to try and concentrate on ourselves and what we have to do", he told reporters.

The first member of Japan's royal family to visit Russian Federation in more than a century, Princess Hisako is likely to be in attendance for Sunday's match with Senegal, where she will hope to keep up her status as the team's lucky charm.

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