Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
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Brazil vs Tunisia, Mexico vs South Korea, Germany vs Sweden Match preview

Brazil vs Tunisia, Mexico vs South Korea, Germany vs Sweden Match preview

For 90-plus minutes, Germany looked as if it would enter the final match facing the same possible fate as Spain and Italy and potentially become the third straight defending champion to fail to reach the knockout stage.

The latest of late drama, a record-breaking Mexican, and a lucky princess - it's been a big day of World Cup action on day 10.

Germany could be knocked out if they lose to Sweden depending on Mexico's result in their second pool match against South Korea. A loss to the Scandinavians would send the World Cup champions out at the group stage for the first time since France in 2002.

"I told them to keep their calm in the next 45 minutes and to not start panicking and try to work long, high balls but to continue with short passes and go vertical to the wings and try to be incisive", Germany coach Joachim Loew told reporters.

"Mats Hummels will probably not be able to play". But just like against Mexico, Germany's usual composure was not there.

"I really have no say in this".


Sweden and Germany are both on three points with leaders Mexico on six heading into the final group games meaning there is all to play for - including, mathematically, for bottom team South Korea who are without a point.

Mats Hummels believes Toni Kroos' stoppage-time victor against Sweden can kick-start Germany's World Cup campaign, though he recognises the champions have plenty of room for improvement.

Two goals each for Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard helped Belgium to a 5-2 thrashing of Tunisia that showcased their attacking verve and star quality and put them firmly on course for the World Cup knockout phase. "Now we have to clean up, tidy up after this game".

Plenty pointed out that Hernandez may need some singing lessons after today's game against South Korea, but we can't get enough of his face during an intense couple of minutes. It has the national squad considering how far it can go in this tournament.

"We have a certain stability and I liked how hard my team worked (against Belgium)".

"What often happens against teams with less history is that the human being tends to relax but we dedicated all week to making sure we did not let that happen and fortunately the message didn't get lost among all the praise the team has received", he said.

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