In a World Cup full of surprising results, Sunday’s Group F matchup between Germany and Mexico was no exception. If you were watching this game and looked up at random times, more than likely Germany was the team with the ball. Throughout the match, Germany was the better team in all aspects of the game. However, when it came down to it, Mexico was able to place the ball in the back of the net and Germany were not.
Germany boasted 9 corners taken compared to Mexico’s 1 and had an outstanding 25 shots on goal to Mexico’s 12. The player with the most outstanding performance coming from either side of the field was Mexico’s veteran goalkeeper, Memo Ochoa. Ochoa was able to save 9 shots on goal to keep Mexico’s clean sheet, completely shutting down any hope Germany had of tying the game in the 2nd half. Though the match was very one sided, a slip in Germany’s defense allowed for PSV Eindhoven winger, Irving “Chucky” Lozano to get his first shot on goal and convert it. The final score of 1-0 in favor of “El Tri” gives them all 3 points and a much better result than anyone could have hoped for.
Sweden and South Korea also met, in Group F’s next matchup for the 1st time in history. Both physically and tactically, Sweden looked to be the stronger team consistently through the match and had plenty of chances to put the ball away. A great save from South Korean keeper Hyenwoo in the 20th minute denied Sweden the lead in the 1st half. At the start of the 2nd half, South Korea offense started to move up more and both teams seemed to be evenly matched. In the 64th minute, a penalty given by Lee Yong allowed Sweden to take the lead. South Korea was not able to recover from the penalty and the final score remained 1-0. With this, Sweden scored in the World Cup for the 1st time after 12 long years. Sweden was able to gain all 3 points from this win to tie Mexico as top contenders to move on to the next phase of matches.
- Mexico – 3 points, 1 Goal Differential
- Sweden – 3 points, 1 Goal Differential
- South Korea – 0 points, -1 Goal Differential
- Germany – 0 points, -1 Goal Differential
Arturo Principe | @ArturoPrincipe1
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