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- Mexico could potentially be eliminated if they were to lose to Sweden and Germany were to beat South Korea, based on either goal difference, goals scored or fair play points.

The results mean that the Taeguk Warriors now sit bottom of Group F with zero points, while Mexico lead the group with six points. "There was a lot of feelings, we had just let in a goal and lost the game, so it was pretty sour", Jansson said.

Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa said Mexico are determined to secure the result they need to make sure of top spot, revealing that the squad is fired by criticism they received from home fans before arriving in Russian Federation.

Joachim Low's charges were shocked in their opening game of the 2018 World Cup when Mexico pulled off a 1-0 victory and looked set for more disappointment on Saturday when they were level 1-1 with Sweden deep into stoppage time.

Yet it is looking increasingly possible that Germany could be on course for a last-16 showdown with Brazil, four years after the 7-1 of Belo Horizonte.

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

If Kroos' shot was deflected, a little too high, or didn't have the flawless whipping curl, Germany would be sitting with one point, needing a victory on its last group game and a lot of help to keep alive a streak of making the knockout round in every World Cup since 1938.

Shin Tae-yong's side will have to play Germany without captain Ki Sung-yueng, however, who suffered a calf injury in the defeat to Mexico.

Rudy started against Sweden after muscling his way past out-of-form World Cup victor Sami Khedira.

Germany's other first-choice centre-back, Jerome Boateng, will be suspended in Kazan after being sent off against the Swedes.

Hummels, who missed their 2-1 victory over Sweden, returned to training yesterday. He stopped nine shots against Germany and five against South Korea.

Rudy broke his nose after accidentally being kicked in the face during a challenge and needed a minor operation on Sunday.

"We have to take stock now, see what the situation is".

Germany ideally need to beat South Korea on Wednesday by at least two goals to make sure of a spot in the round of 16.

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