Coverage of Group F matches during the 2018
World Cup Finals in Russia between
South Korea and
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Group F Games
Sunday, 17th June
in Moscow Luzhniki
A lively start and the pacey Hirving Lozano may well
have been on the scoresheet in the second minute; had Jerome Boateng not
reacted quickly in the penalty area, to block the shot.
The young Timo Werner too, looking useful for
Germany at the other end; both forwards just 22 years old.
The attacking didn't relent and in the 35th
minute it paid off as Mexico opened Germany wide with great vision and
fast movement; Lozano sprinting on to a Chicharito through- ball;
cutting inside Mesut Ozil, before firing the ball in the bottom left
corner. Neur stunned.
Germany's Toni Kroos did reply with a curling
free-kick pushed on to the Mexican crossbar.
Germany 0 -
The German fans tried to encourage the World
Champions to get back in the game but it was Mexico who almost had a
penalty with twenty minutes to go.
Making his fifth appearance at the World Cup Finals,
Rafael Marquez came on for Mexico with fifteen minutes to go; to help
with his experience.
The Mexicans didn't sit back and try to defend the
lead bought sought to double their advantage.
Mario Gomez failed to equalise when given a golden
opportunity and Thomas Mueller was seen shaking his head.
Mexico thouroughly deserved the victory against the
World Champions, having taking the game to them right from the start.
Monday, 18th June
in Nizhny Novgorod
Sweden join Mexico on three points thanks to another
VAR-assisted penalty decision, although the referee, Joel Aguilar,
should have been able to signal to the spot without waiting for the
video assistant referee to call it.
Perhaps the whistle blowers at Russia 2018 are
starting to rely too much on the touchline monitor. Soon we won't need
referees at all.
Andreas Granqvist was delighte to convert
the penalty in the 65th minute. Better players than him have already
missed a penalty at the 2018 World Cup Finals, and we haven't even
reached the knockout stage.
Saturday, 23rd June
South Korea vs
Mexico followed on where they left off against the
World Champions, Germany.
Carlos Vela scored from the spot to put
Mexico ahead in the 26th minute.
South Korea 0 -
Chicharito scored his 50th
international goal in the 66th minute to secure
Mexico a place in the Second Round.
Was the South Korean goal in stoppage time worth
anything? Probally not, but it's a statistic; Son Heungmin scored
for South Korea when it
didn't really matter.
Ola Toivonen's superb lob gave Sweden the
lead in the 32nd minute, and they held on to it until half-time.
Germany 0 -
The half-time team talk must have worked, as
Marco Reus levelled for Die Mannschaft three minutes into the
second-half; when the ball bounced in off his knee.
A sending off for Jerome Boateng, for a second
booking, didn't look good for Germany; with eight minutes still to play.
Sweden must have thought they did enough to
hold World Champions Germany to a draw, until Toni Kroos scored the
dramatic stoppage time winner with a curling free-kick on the edge of
The last time Germany came from behind at half-time
to win a World Cup match, was on home soil in 1974; also against Sweden.
Wednesday, 27th June
A couple of good saves by Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa and a VAR penalty
appeal for hand ball on Javier Hernandez turned down kept the game a
stalemate after forty-five minutes.
Mexico 0 -
Sweden took the lead early in the second-half through Ludwig
Augustinsson, to edge out Germany in the group table.
Andreas Granqvist doubled the advantage for Sweden, from the penalty
spot, in the 62nd minute; after Marcus Berg was fouled in the area by
An Edson Alvarez own goal made it three for Sweden with fifteen minutes
South Korea vs
The whole of Germany
gasped in the 19th minute, as Manuel Neuer
spilled a free-kick from Jung Woo-Young;
then redeemed himself to punch the ball
away, before Tottenham's Son Heung-Min could
tap the ball in.
Son came close again,
six minutes later; this time shooting off
target, after the ball was headed out in his
direction. Two good chances for South Korea,
inside the first twenty-five minutes.
Germany, playing in
green, tried to get a little more spring in
their step but still looked slow,
frustrating and lacking a little imagination
with all the possession they had.
Germany did hit the
post, just before the break, but a free-kick
had already been given against them.
South Korea 0 -
Cho Hyun-Woo saved well
from Leon Goretzka at the start of the
Son Heung-Min was given
a yellow card for diving through an
obstruction and then bundled over again a
Germany were so bad they
made South Korea look brilliant.
The longer the game went on without a goal, Mexico
fans in Ekaterinburg (watching their team losing by three goals to
Sweden) must have been feeling nervous that Germany might steal a
South Korea tried to stretch Germany again, in the
final minutes; even though South Korea were going out, taking Germany
with them would have been sweeter than eating Kimchi.
Mats Hummels headed wide (with his shoulder) four
minutes from time; then Cho Hyun-Woo saved from Toni Kroos as the World
Champions tried to give themselves another thrust at the waiting Second
Then the biggest drama of them all as South Korea
scored from a corner and the linesman waved his flag for offside. Thanks
to a call from VAR, the referee had to overturn the decision after
looking at the monitor.
The World Champions were knocked out with a sucker
punch by Kim Young-Gwon; then a double whammy from Son Heung-Min, after
Neur was caught stranded in midfield.
Monday, 2nd July
Brazil vs Mexico
Mexico started strongly but started to feel the
heat of Samara in the second-half.
Tuesday, 3rd July
Sweden vs Switzerland
St Petersburg (1:0)
How does a team who likes to counter-attack, counter a team who waits to
attack on the counter?
It took almost half-an-hour before we witnessed any real threat on goal;
Yann Summer forced to make a reflex save, but the play was flagged for
Thirty-six minutes for the first corner and forty minutes for a
threatening free-kick; headed behind for a Sweden corner.
Marcus Berg probably made most of the horrendous misses for Sweden and
he should thank Robin Olsen for punching away a dangerous last-minute
Ricardo Rodriguez cross from the left.
Half-time: Sweden 0 - Switzerland 0
Plenty of misfiring in the first-half, but one thing is for sure; we
will have a winner at the end of the game.
Switzerland looked the most likely to score on the first few attacking
forays; applying plenty of pressure but eventually coming away
The match needed a goal and in the 66th
minute it got one. Emil Forsberg will claim it; although the ball took a
wicked deflection off Manuel Akanji, towards the top corner of the goal.
Ten minutes from time, Sweden scrambled away a threatening corner;
Granqvist clearing from Embolo.
Switzerland tried again in the last five minutes but there really wasn't
enough movement off the ball for Rodriguez or Shaqiri to deliver.
As in the first-half, Olson made another last gasp save to keep
Martin Olson made a last-minute break for Sweden and was brough down on
the edge of the area by Michael Lang; who recieved a red card for the
Of course, VAR checked to see if it was a penalty or not. No penalty
given, but the red card stood.
Saturday, 7th July
Sweden vs England
in Samara (0:2)
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