Mexico moved one step closer to topping the group and Germany saved face with a last-ditch goal in an action packed night.

What Happened

Match Day 2 saw South Korea come up against Mexico in Rostov and the two sides did battle in an end-to-end game resulting in a narrow 2-1 victory to the Central Americans. Juan Carlos Osorio’s men proved to the world once more that El Tricolor mean business off the back of a shock upset against Germany and goals to Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez put Mexico in the drivers seat in Group F.

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In the other fixture of the round Germany took on European rivals Sweden in Sochi with the hope of making up for a defeat to Mexico in round one but Joachim Low’s men went behind early through a goal from Ola Toivonen. The defending champions then took matters into their own hands claiming a win with second-half goals from Marco Reus and Toni Kroos with a stunning free-kick in the closing moments.

Stand Out Performers

1. Toni Kroos has been working hard in the middle of the park to create chance after chance for Germany and the Los Blancos midfielder was presented a chance to win an important three points and he took it with style.

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2. Hirving Lozano has been one of the best young stars to watch at this World Cup and he turned it on again setting up Chicharito for Mexico’s brace but more importantly putting in the hard yards back in defence as well.

3. Match Day 2 was another showing of incredible class from all four goalkeepers with Manuel Neuer and Cho Hyun-Woo putting in excellent shifts but it was Swedish shot-stopper Robin Olsen who kept his side in the game with some stunning saves against Germany.

Talking Points

Group F played host to another incredibly close Match Day with both games once again being decided by a one-goal margin in the end. South Korea put in a good challenge against Mexico with a whopping 17 shots but the Asian side only managed to put six of those on target. Mexico once again demonstrated that they are there to play showing off a high-speed brand of football that has been forcing their opponent’s hand.

Sweden were once again very tough competitors and were somewhat unlucky with a few calls that led to a defeat against Germany, particularly in the first half when Marcus Berg was brought down by Jerome Boateng in a late tackle.

What it Means

Another win to top of the table Mexico puts them in poll position to take out Group F come Match Day 3 but a lot can still happen on Wednesday night as Mexico play Sweden and Germany take on the already eliminated South Korea. A red card to Boateng means the key defender will miss his sides third game through suspension.

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Needs Work

One of the biggest shocks in Russia this year has been the clear lack of discipline in a German side who are commonly regarded as the most disciplined team in the world. Low has always been one for ensuring his side are well-drilled and ready to take on any challenge but this time around Germany look lazy in patches and have been susceptible to counter attacks from their opponents.

For both Sweden and South Korea the problem has been in finishing off opportunities with the two sides taking a string of shots but failing to see the desired results after attacking periods and although the Asian competitors are out of the equation the two will look to make their efforts worthwhile in the final group games.

What’s Next

Match Day 3 will provide a whole number of possibilities in terms of the final makeup of Group F and it really anyone’s to win with Germany, Sweden and Mexico all battling it put for a place in the next round. Mexico do sit three points ahead but that has not guaranteed their safety as a two-goal loss to Sweden and a two-goal victory to Germany could put them out of the equation. Though unlikely Mexico will not progress, the final round will make for an interesting watch as Group F reaches it’s exciting pinnacle.

Goal of the Day

Match Day 2 saw a whole slue of goals making the goal of the day a difficult decision. Toivonen’s deft chip was a thing of beauty and Son Heung-Min’s long range effort raised eyebrows everywhere but it’s hard to look past the class of Kroos to finish off the set-piece in the final moments of the game.

 

Miss of the Day

There weren’t top many missed sitters on Match Day 3 but the standout would have to be Julian Draxler’s lose range miss hitting his effort right into the Mexican defence from from right in front.

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