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Groups E and F wrapped up.
Sweden and Brazil were group winners, while Mexico and Switzerland were group runners-up.
Sweden will face Switzerland (Tuesday, July 3), and Brazil will face Mexico (Monday, July 2).
Mexico just needed a draw to guarantee winning the group (and avoiding Brazil in the next round). Their loss meant that if Germany had won the other game, Germany would have gone through at Mexico’s expense. Korea’s win saved Mexico from elimination. Both teams went through, and Sweden won the group on goal difference.
Jesus Gallardo, Hector Moreno, Miguel Layun, Sebastian Larsson, and Mikael Lustig were carded. Moreno and Larsson will be suspended for the next round.
Die Mannschaft could not perform when they needed it most. Both teams knew that this match would be a must-win for either side, although it seemed apparent to everyone who would come out the winner. The Korean coach even said in a press conference that Germany was such a strong side that the result would not matter much. Germany has never lost to an Asian team at the World Cup, while Korea avoided going a 2nd straight World Cup without a win. It is unclear whether Joachim Low will stay on as Germany manager.
This match is now the 4th biggest upset in World Cup history, and 7th biggest upset in international football history.
Both teams are eliminated.
Brazil confirmed their spot at the top of the group by beating Serbia, and solidified their position as World Cup favourites.
None of the Brazilian players were carded.
Switzerland failed to beat Costa Rica, but would have needed at least 3 more goals to win the group on goal difference. With Switzerland still going through and Costa Rica having been eliminated before this match, both teams were happy to share the spoils. The second Costa Rican goal was a penalty kick that deflected off the crossbar and went in off the Swiss goalkeeper’s back.
Stephan Lichtsteiner, Denis Zakaria, and Fabian Schar were carded. Both Lichtsteiner and Schar will be suspended for the next round.
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