Kroos: Germany won't make it easy for other teams

Kroos: Germany won't make it easy for other teams

Kroos: Germany won't make it easy for other teams

Sweden had scored in the first half on a clever counterattack, and with its one goal secured, made a decision to settle into some of the most defensive football seen at the World Cup so far.

Germany, playing in the Group of Death, found itself looking at an early exit from the World Cup during Saturday's match against Sweden.

Coming off an opening loss to Mexico, Germany fell behind again when Kroos' early mistake led to Ola Toivonen's goal in the 32nd minute.

The Swedes defended resolutely in the first half, and were unlucky not to have a penalty as Marcus Berg was brought down in Germany's box by Jerome Boateng, who had a game to forget.

Because of the familiarity and the pretty straightforward way Sweden play, this match should be easier for Germany, despite being a high-pressure, must-win affair.

When the referee blew the final whistle, Toni Kroos fell to his knees and began to punch the ground, knowing that Germany won't be sent packing from the World Cup in Russian Federation without putting up a fight. "If we can play to our strengths, we will be good also against teams defending deep in their own half". If all they can bring to the pitch is physicality, there's not much of a chance of hanging next to one of the most talented teams in this tournament. Belgium took on Panama, Mexico faced South Korea and Germany ended the day against Sweden.

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Mexico has six points from six and is looked to be almost a lock to move on as Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez scored in a 2-1 win over South Korea.

Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung Min curled in for South Korea three minutes into stoppage time but it was too late to mount a fightback. Falling behind the Swedes 1-0 at halftime was unexpected.

As was the case in Belgium's victory over Tunisia on Saturday, the stats give the impression that the game was close.

After the match, Chicharito (Hernandez) talked about Mexico's magical run thus far. Under that scenario Sweden would be the group champion and Mexico the group runner-up. If Germany loses, El Tri are on to the Round of 16.

With a win or draw vs. Sweden, Mexico wins the group and advances to the second round.

Carlos Vela gave Mexico the lead with a penalty after Korean defender Jang Hyun-soo blocked Andres Guardado's cross with his arm inside the area, before the nation's all-time leading goalscorer Javier Hernandez doubled their lead in the second half with his 50th worldwide goal.

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