Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
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Sami Khedira handed fake boarding pass for Germany squad

Sami Khedira handed fake boarding pass for Germany squad

"It was just noise".

The hapless Koreans, who have no points after two matches and have only won one of their last 11 World Cup fixtures, will be eliminated if Sweden draw or win against Germany.

With Germany's win, Group F has fallen into chaos, with all four teams still alive heading into the final matchday of the group stage.

"We still have an excellent opportunity to qualify and we will do everything to achieve that", Andersson said.

Sami Khedira turned down a reporter's offer of flight passes to take him and his Germany team-mates home from the World Cup in Russian Federation, insisting they would not be needed until after the final.

Carlos Vela put them ahead from the penalty spot in the 26th minute at Rostov Arena, which had been taken over by Mexico's sea of fanatical supporters. He hit the ball low past goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo after collecting a pass from Hirving Lozano. "Now we have to clean up, tidy up after this game". "Our talent and hard work have paid off".

Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to add a late fifth but it was by no means all plain sailing for Roberto Martinez's side and they will be aware that they will need to tighten up at the back considerably if they are to finally make a push to a major tournament summit after so many false dawns.


"Very often when you play countries or teams with less of a footballing history, human beings tend to rest on their laurels a little bit".

"Some of the German leaders of the team celebrated by running in our direction and rubbing in to our faces by making gestures and that really got me annoyed and angry", said the Sweden coach, whose team had led 1-0 at half-time. "We've received a lot of praise, we the team, and we've tried to remain focused".

"Now we need to try to find a way to win the last match", he said.

"We need players good in aerial play".

Mexico relied on keeping possession and long-range shots, with a powerful attempt from Guardado forcing an athletic save from Jo in the second half.

He also paid tribute to their huge following of fans, who greatly outnumbered their opponents and refrained from using the controversial chant that earned them a fine from Federation Internationale de Football Association in their opener.

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