German team ecstatic after 2-1 win against Sweden

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Belgium's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their first goal from the penalty spot with team mates during the World Cup Group G match Belgium vs Tunisia in Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia on June 23, 2018.

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South Korea have now gone eight World Cup matches without a win - going back to the group stages of 2010 - and face the daunting prospect of Germany in their final group game.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook looked on from the stands in the Rostov Arena as part of their three-day visit to Russian Federation, but a second consecutive 1-0 defeat leaves the 2002 semifinalists them on the brink of an early exit from the tournament. If Germany and Sweden's margin of victory is two or more goals each, that would send Mexico home.

The Germans were at risk of being eliminated after Sweden scored first.

The ball arced over helpless keeper Robin Olsen into the net, sparking an explosion of German joy on the bench and in the stands as the reigning champions kick-started their World Cup campaign. It is unlikely he will start, with Germany needing to be as agile and aggressive against the Koreans as they were against Sweden. "But I think we've shown a team spirit here despite Sweden going up 1-0". Today, Belgium and Mexico look to make the last-16.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook looked on from the stands in the Rostov Arena as part of their three-day visit to Russian Federation, but a second consecutive 1-0 defeat leaves the 2002 semifinalists them on the brink of an early exit from the tournament.

Man of the Match: While Roos will receive all the glory, Reus helped set the pace for Germany and nixed all of Sweden's momentum with his goal.

Sweden were 1-0 winners against South Korea in their first game and could make the last 16 with a victory, which coach Janne Andersson has called "extraordinary". It was the latest goal ever scored by Germany in a World Cup match that didn't go to extra time.

However, Germany must be anxious by this stats; Sweden have faced the reigning World Cup champion at the World Cup twice before and won both times.

A draw against Sweden would put Mexico into the next round. Under that scenario Sweden would be the group champion and Mexico the group runner-up.

There will be even more changes against South Korea.

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