Mexico's future in the World Cup? The possibilities are endless

Germany's Toni Kroos celebrates scoring their winner. REUTERS  Michael Dalder

Even a draw would have left Germany needing to win their final game against South Korea while hoping the Swedes lost to Mexico. The late heroics of Germany's Toni Kroos against Sweden spared Shin's side the ignominy of elimination with a game to spare, but only a win on Wednesday afternoon and a victory for Mexico against Sweden gives them any chance of progress. "But I'm not blaming anyone tactically or analysing too much right now, there are so many emotions going around".

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.

Earlier, in Poland's opening game against Senegal, defender Thiago Cionek scored an own goal, attempting to block a shot from Idrissa Gueye and deflecting it into the net.

Having seen some of his off-field decisions questioned in the build up to World Cup 2018, a forgettable opening performance in Russian Federation - in a 1-0 defeat to Mexico - saw the key performer from the triumphant 2014 campaign dropped for the clash with Sweden. "We thought they did wrong, but they have apologised for their mistake and that's it", he said.

"But the whole group is still alive so we have to lick our wounds and come back from the next one", said the Sweden coach.

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That equalled the best appearance by Mexico at a World Cup. We will do our utmost'.

Low promised to go in search of a convincing victory which would secure a place in the last 16, regardless of the outcome of the match between Mexico and Sweden.

"We will still need his creativity in the tournament". We fell into each other's arms and were so elated.

"Of course, the first goal (by Sweden) was my fault". They have not kept a clean sheet since November and have proved vulnerable to the quick counter-attack. With all that said, you can expect Mexico to be extra aggressive defensively and simply play not to lose.

As for South Korea, its unenviable task has been made even more hard by the news that midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is sidelined with a calf injury that rules him out for two weeks. Mats Hummels is fit to return after a sore neck, and there could be recalls for Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira, both axed against Sweden.

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