Germany boss opens up on team performance

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The Herald Business' sports page said, "The German Goliath went from composure to tears in 99 minutes", while Yonhap News said "after defeats at the 1994 and 2002 World Cups, South Korea finally stopped the German tank".

Mexico vs Sweden and South Korea vs Germany will start at 7.30 pm IST while Serbia vs Brazil and Switzerland vs Costa Rica will start at 11.30 pm IST on Wednesday.

Ludwig Augustinsson put the Swedes ahead five minutes into the second half before Marcus Berg won a penalty and Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist, who scored the victor from the spot against South Korea, stepped up to take it.

After beating Germany, 1-0, and South Korea, 2-1, Mexico appeared to be cruising in Russian Federation, but it still faced the possibility of exiting if it lost to Sweden and Germany beat South Korea.

His planning for the match has been further complicated by a calf injury ruling out midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, the South Korea captain joining full back Park Joo-ho (hamstring) in the treatment room.

The Germans had denied Guus Hiddink's South Korea a place in the 2002 final with a 1-0 win in Seoul after the co-hosts had ridden a wave of national footballing fervour to defeat Poland, Portugal, Italy and Spain on the way to the last four.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some other England-based players also checking out of Russian Federation following the group stage. Ki Sung-yueng is really a pillar for our team, he takes lot of pressure from us.

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South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong did not reveal which player would captain his side against Germany, just saying the role would not be for the faint-hearted.

South Korea lost its opening two matches but still entered the game with a chance to advance.

He said: "Until quite recently, we have probably been the most consistent, in terms of performance, team in the past 10, 12 years. I believe we can do it..."

Like many, he directed his frustration at team coach Joachim Loew, who he said pursued too much of a defensive strategy. Germany, one of the pre-tournament favorites, was out.

"South Korea has players who can execute fast breaks, we will try to adapt", Loew said. As Sweden added one goal after another, it still remained 0-0 in Kazan. He is irreplaceable and the other players will have to make up for that loss.

Asked about Kim's strike, which was allowed after Toni Kroos was adjudged to have played the ball backwards, Low said: "The player was in an offside position - that's what I saw".

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