In the last game of group play Germany knew a win was the only way for them to make it to the next round and as the previous world cup champions, a win should not have been too hard to achieve. Yet today proved to be in South Korea’s favor as Germany’s countless chances amounted to nothing. As the game progressed, both teams became more desperate to score and both began to force more opportunities for shots. The game was tied 0-0 at the end of regulation time but in the third minute of extra time South Korea crushed Germany’s spirits. The ball was crossed off a corner kick and went to Kim Young-Gwon who shot the ball in top right corner of the net for their first goal. Frantically trying to score, Germany had their keeper come into the attacking third to try and tie the game. This decision only hurt Germany further when Ju Se- Jong passed the ball over the top of Germany’s defender to Son Heung-Min who easily tapped the ball into a goal with no goalie. South Korea not only beat Germany 2-0 but caused the biggest upset in the world cup by taking out the number one pick to win in the first round.
Mexico and Sweden both started the game strong with a couple good shots on goal, but couldn’t finish and ended the first half nil-nil. Then Sweden took charge in the second half, finding their first goal early. Viktor Claesson crossed the ball to left side of the 6 to Ludwig Augustinsson who crushed the ball with his left foot into the high center of the goal 5 minutes into the half. After Mexico’s Hector Moreno committed a foul in the penalty area, Sweden was given another chance score off a penalty kick. Andreas Granqvist stepped up and took advantage by shooting into the top left corner to put Sweden up by two. While Mexico tried their hardest to score and come back, today just wasn’t their day when a third goal went to Sweden when the ball bounced off of Mexico’s Edson Alvarez and into the goal. Despite Sweden winning 3-0, Germany’s loss put Mexico second in their group so we will see them in the next round.
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Like most final group games in this world cup, a win was crucial for Brazil to continue to round 16 and they did not disappoint. Coutinho served a fantastic through ball to Paulinho who scored by shot in the center of the goal to put Brazil ahead in the 36thminute. Serbia had a few chances to tie in the second half, but were unable to put any away. Neymar created countless chances for Brazil but could not seem to finish any until Neymar crossed the ball to Thiago Silva who headed the ball into the top left corner. Brazil put the game away in the 68thminute and will face Mexico in their next match.
Last World Cup: Germany 7-1 Brazil
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Switzerland fought for a goal before the end of the first half and got lucky in the 31stminute when Breel Embolo headed a pass to Blerim Dzemaili finished with his right foot to the center of the goal. Only being down by one, Costa Rica was determined to come back and 11 minutes into the second half they took advantage of a corner. Joel Campbell crossed the ball to Kendall Waston for him to head the ball into the bottom lefthand corner to tie the game. Both teams began to vigorously attack the goal to try to finish the game on top. With only two minutes left of regulation Switzerland’s Josip Drmic slid the ball into the bottom right corner off a cross from Denis Zakaria to get them ahead by one. But this lead was short lived when a Swiss defender accidentally deflected the ball into their own goal 3 minutes into extra time and ended the game tied to Costa Rica.