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#WC2018: Hernandez nets as Mexico sees off South Korea

26 June 2018
#WC2018: Hernandez nets as Mexico sees off South Korea

The German Football Association (DFB) on Monday said two team officials will not have access to the pitch at their final World Cup Group F match against South Korea after their "unsportsmanlike" behaviour in the game against Sweden.

Defeat for Germany, which lost its opening group game against Mexico, would have led to it failing to make it past the opening round for the first time since 1938.

"It's hard to say why we made the error, Toni made the mistake, but smoothed things out and did everything right in the end".

While coach Shin Tae-yong rued missing key players such as striker Lee Keun-ho through injury, he said changes were needed within South Korea's domestic set up to turn around the team's fortunes. "We'll need to do that if we want to win this tournament - which we do".

Germany forward Thomas Mueller said the holders were rewarded despite having their backs to the wall for most of the match.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from global football two years ago but Sweden's former talisman looms over their World Cup campaign like only he can.

Trying to topple Germany, the defending champions, will be hard enough for South Korea.

Sweden's Jim-my Durmaz faced a wave of racial hatred and even death threats after he gave away the foul that led to Toni Kroos's late victor for Germany at the World Cup.

Jimmy Durmaz and his fellow Sweden players took a strong stand against racism after the Swedish FA complained to police about a storm of racial hatred and threats aimed at the winger following his late mistake against Germany on Saturday. Loew made four changes to the lineup against Sweden, including benching Mesut Ozil for the first time in his senior team career in a major global tournament.

Toni Kroos scored a brilliant free-kick in the 95th minute as reigning champions Germany came from behind to significantly boost their hopes of making the knockout stages.

Germany, who had centre-back Jerome Boateng sent off for a second yellow card on 82 minutes, were far from convincing.

South Korea will arrive in Kazan around 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Rudy broke his nose in that game and underwent minor surgery on Sunday. "We have to try to take the opportunity and do our best".