Group F was like a fireworks show today! Mexico were widely expected to top the group after their wins against Germany and South Korea but instead had to settle for second place and could even have been eliminated had results not gone their way.
After a goalless first half, Sweden went for it and manage to put three past Guillermo Ochoa. The Mexican fans could not believe their eyes. Not only were they now in second place but if Germany won their game, they could be going home. It was not to be! South Korea held the 2014 champions at bay and when the Germans got desperate and threw everything at them, scored 2 goals, one in the 93rd and another in the 96th. The Germans had their chances but were poor with their finishing. Ultimately that cost them dearly. Korea finish third of the group; Germany are last.
Before the World Cup, Group D looked like the toughest one. Now we can say Group E has been the group of death and the major fatality was the reigning champions and 4-times winners: Die Mannschaft.
Mexican fans were seen celebrating with the South Koreans, in yet another example of how this game can bring people together. Today was a great day for Sweden and Mexico but also a wonderful day to cherish for a long time for South Korea!
Brazil and Switzerland are through
After the madness dished out by Group F, Group E did not provide any further surprises. Brazil won 2-0 in a game where it really looked like their attack was starting to click. Switzerland were held to a 2-2 draw by Costa Rica, who had only pride to play for. The big losers of the day are Nemanja Matic’s Serbia. At least his club coach will be happy he’s going to get some rest before the next season.
Round of 16
Brazil v Mexico
This will be a game to watch. Plenty of offensive talent. Two football crazy nations. Brazil have won it 5 times and will go in as strong favorites. Mexico certainly enjoy being the underdog. They will fight till the very end.
Sweden v Switzerland
This tie ensures the Round of 8 will include at least one complete outsider. Sweden has a slight edge over their Swiss counterpart.
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