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2018 FIFA World Cup Group F

2018 postage stamp from Russia depicting Group F of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage.

Group F of the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place from 17 to 27 June 2018.[1] The group consisted of Germany, Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea.[2] Sweden and Mexico were the top two teams that advanced to the round of 16. The incumbent World Cup champions, Germany, placed last, making it the first time since 1938 that Germany did not advance beyond the first round,[3][4] and the first time ever, the group stage.[5] The early German exit was "greeted with shock in newspapers around the world".[6]

Teams

Draw position Team Pot Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2017[nb 1] June 2018 August 2018
F1  Germany 1 UEFA UEFA Group C winners 5 October 2017 19th[nb 2] 2014 (champions) Winners (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) 1 1 15
F2  Mexico 2 CONCACAF CONCACAF Fifth Round winners 1 September 2017 16th 2014 (round of 16) Quarter-finals (1970, 1986) 16 15 16
F3  Sweden 3 UEFA UEFA Second Round winners 13 November 2017 12th 2006 (round of 16) Runners-up (1958) 25 24 13
F4  South Korea 4 AFC AFC Third Round Group A runners-up 5 September 2017 10th 2014 (group stage) Fourth place (2002) 62 57 57
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of October 2017 were used for seeding for the final draw.
  2. ^ Germany competed between 1951 and 1990 as West Germany.

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  Mexico 3 2 0 1 3 4 −1 6
3  South Korea 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
4  Germany 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

In the round of 16:

Matches

All times listed are local time.[1]

Germany vs Mexico

The two teams had faced each other 11 times, including three FIFA World Cup games all of which were German victories: 6-0 in 1978 (first group stage), 2-1 in 1998 (round of 16), but a 1986 quarter-final game being the most significant, which ended with a German penalty shoot-out victory.[7]

Timo Werner fired a warning shot across the face of Guillermo Ochoa's goal during the first minutes of the match. Héctor Moreno headed straight at Manuel Neuer from their clearest opening. Javier Hernández's one-two with Andrés Guardado allowed him to spin away from Mats Hummels just inside the Germany half and feed Hirving Lozano down the left. Lozano then cut inside the resistance offered by the back-tracking Mesut Özil to crash a low right foot shot inside Neuer's right post. However, two minutes later, Toni Kroos's free-kick arrowed towards the top corner. Ochoa denied the midfielder's shot, pushing the ball against the crossbar. Near the end Joshua Kimmich and Werner came close to scoring, but their attempts were unsuccessful.[8][9]

This defeat represented the first time that Germany had lost the opening game in defence of their trophy. They beat Argentina 3-1 in 1958, drew 0-0 with Poland in 1978, and defeated Bolivia 1-0 in 1994.[10] Germany lost their opening match at a World Cup for only the second time, having done so in 1982, against Algeria. This is the third consecutive World Cup in which the reigning champion has failed to win their opening match - Italy drew 1-1 with Paraguay in 2010, while Spain lost 5-1 against the Netherlands in 2014; and also the fourth champions failed to win their opening match, as France lost 0-1 to Senegal at the 2002 FIFA World Cup (all of whom, coincidentally, had been knocked out at the group stage). Germany had 26 shots, the most by a side without scoring in a World Cup fixture since 2006 (Portugal v England, 29 shots in a 0-0 draw).[8] Mexico beat Germany for only the second time - their last win against them came in a friendly in June 1985. Rafael Márquez featured in his fifth World Cup finals, becoming just the third player to achieve this feat - along with Mexico's Antonio Carbajal and Germany's Lothar Matthäus.[9]

Attendance: 78,011[11]
Germany[12]
Mexico[12]
GK 1 Manuel Neuer (c)
RB 18 Joshua Kimmich
CB 17 Jérôme Boateng
CB 5 Mats Hummels Yellow card 84
LB 2 Marvin Plattenhardt Substituted off 79
CM 8 Toni Kroos
CM 6 Sami Khedira Substituted off 60
RW 13 Thomas Müller Yellow card 83
AM 10 Mesut Özil
LW 7 Julian Draxler
CF 9 Timo Werner Substituted off 86
Substitutions:
FW 11 Marco Reus Substituted in 60
FW 23 Mario Gómez Substituted in 79
MF 20 Julian Brandt Substituted in 86
Manager:
Joachim Löw
GER-MEX 2018-06-17.svg
GK 13 Guillermo Ochoa
RB 3 Carlos Salcedo
CB 2 Hugo Ayala
CB 15 Héctor Moreno Yellow card 40
LB 23 Jesús Gallardo
CM 16 Héctor Herrera Yellow card 90
CM 18 Andrés Guardado (c) Substituted off 74
RW 7 Miguel Layún
AM 11 Carlos Vela Substituted off 58
LW 22 Hirving Lozano Substituted off 66
CF 14 Javier Hernández
Substitutions:
DF 21 Edson Álvarez Substituted in 58
FW 9 Raúl Jiménez Substituted in 66
DF 4 Rafael Márquez Substituted in 74
Manager:
Colombia Juan Carlos Osorio

Sweden vs South Korea

South Korean fans, the "Red Devils", in Seoul

The two teams had faced each other four times, most recently in 2005, a 2-2 draw in a friendly game.[14]

Sweden's defence was tested by a South Korean attack in the early stages. Andreas Granqvist was denied a shot at goal by a last-ditch interception by Kim Young-gwon.[15]Marcus Berg was close to score midway through the first half but his close range shot was beaten away by Jo Hyeon-woo, while South Korea did not manage a single shot on target. Jo also saved from Ola Toivonen's header following a free-kick. In the start to the second half, both sides exchanged chances within the first six minutes. There was a short delay for Kim Min-woo's foul on Viktor Claesson to be analysed on video and for the referee to point to the spot but it did not affect Granqvist, who sent Jo the wrong way.[16]Hwang Hee-chan spurned a glorious opportunity late on, heading wide from 10 yards out, as Sweden ultimately held on for a precious three points.[15]

This was Sweden's first win in their opening match at a World Cup since beating Mexico 3-0 as hosts in 1958.[17] South Korea lost their opening match at a World Cup for the first time since 1998 when they lost 3-1 against Mexico. Sweden's goal was the first they had scored in 402 minutes of international football.[16]

Sweden[19]
GK 1 Robin Olsen
RB 6 Ludwig Augustinsson
CB 4 Andreas Granqvist (c)
CB 18 Pontus Jansson
LB 2 Mikael Lustig
RM 17 Viktor Claesson Yellow card 61
CM 7 Sebastian Larsson Substituted off 81
CM 8 Albin Ekdal Substituted off 71
LM 10 Emil Forsberg
CF 9 Marcus Berg
CF 20 Ola Toivonen Substituted off 77
Substitutions:
MF 15 Oscar Hiljemark Substituted in 71
FW 22 Isaac Kiese Thelin Substituted in 77
MF 13 Gustav Svensson Substituted in 81
Manager:
Janne Andersson
SWE-KOR 2018-06-18.svg
GK 23 Jo Hyeon-woo
RB 2 Lee Yong
CB 20 Jang Hyun-soo
CB 19 Kim Young-gwon
LB 6 Park Joo-ho Substituted off 28
CM 17 Lee Jae-sung
CM 16 Ki Sung-yueng (c)
CM 13 Koo Ja-cheol Substituted off 73
RF 11 Hwang Hee-chan Yellow card 55
CF 9 Kim Shin-wook Yellow card 13 Substituted off 66
LF 7 Son Heung-min
Substitutions:
DF 12 Kim Min-woo Substituted in 28
MF 15 Jung Woo-young Substituted in 66
MF 10 Lee Seung-woo Substituted in 73
Manager:
Shin Tae-yong

South Korea vs Mexico

The two teams had met in 12 matches, including one game at the 1998 FIFA World Cup group stage, won by Mexico 3-1.[14] The match was attended by the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in.

In the 12th minute, Hirving Lozano made a block to deny Lee Yong. Nine minutes later, Son Heung-min shot a low drive which Héctor Moreno helped to keep out. Jang Hyun-soo handled Andrés Guardado's cross and the referee awarded a penalty, Carlos Vela stepped up and sent Jo Hyeon-woo the wrong way. Two minutes later, Miguel Layún lashed his effort over from close range. South Korea wanted a penalty of their own after the restart when Moon Seon-min's strike clipped Carlos Salcedo's arm, but the referee waved away their appeals. Jo lunged to his right to tip Javier Hernández's shot wide.[21] Lozano drove into space, Vela drew away to the right as the ball went left to Hernández, who checked back and clipped low past Jo.[22] In the third minute of stoppage time, Son struck from 20-yards into the top-left corner.[21]

Before Son's goal, South Korea had gone 288 minutes without scoring at the World Cup, their longest ever such drought.[23] Hernández scored his 50th goal for Mexico, becoming the inaugural player of the Mexico national team to reach that milestone. Mexico has won consecutive matches at the World Cup starting with their inaugural achievement at the 2002 World Cup. Hernández is the third player to score at three World Cups, preceded by Mexico's Cuauhtémoc Blanco and Rafael Márquez.[22]

Attendance: 43,472[24]
Mexico[25]
GK 23 Jo Hyeon-woo
RB 2 Lee Yong Yellow card 63
CB 20 Jang Hyun-soo
CB 19 Kim Young-gwon Yellow card 58
LB 12 Kim Min-woo Substituted off 84
RM 18 Moon Seon-min Substituted off 77
CM 8 Ju Se-jong Substituted off 64
CM 16 Ki Sung-yueng (c)
LM 11 Hwang Hee-chan
CF 17 Lee Jae-sung
CF 7 Son Heung-min
Substitutions:
MF 10 Lee Seung-woo Yellow card 72 Substituted in 64
MF 15 Jung Woo-young Yellow card 80 Substituted in 77
DF 14 Hong Chul Substituted in 84
Manager:
Shin Tae-yong
KOR-MEX 2018-06-23.svg
GK 13 Guillermo Ochoa
RB 21 Edson Álvarez
CB 3 Carlos Salcedo
CB 15 Héctor Moreno
LB 23 Jesús Gallardo
CM 7 Miguel Layún
CM 16 Héctor Herrera
CM 18 Andrés Guardado (c) Substituted off 68
RF 11 Carlos Vela Substituted off 77
CF 14 Javier Hernández
LF 22 Hirving Lozano Substituted off 71
Substitutions:
DF 4 Rafael Márquez Substituted in 68
MF 17 Jesús Manuel Corona Substituted in 71
MF 10 Giovani dos Santos Substituted in 77
Manager:
Colombia Juan Carlos Osorio

Germany vs Sweden

The two teams had met in 36 previous matches, including four FIFA World Cup games, the latest of these being a 2-0 Germany win in the 2006 World Cup round of 16.[27]

Julian Draxler had a shot blocked from close range before he toe-poked a left-footed effort narrowly wide from a tight angle soon after. Sebastian Rudy left the field with a bloody nose after a collision with Ola Toivonen moments before he burst into the box to control a Viktor Claesson cross on his chest and lift his shot over Manuel Neuer into the far corner of the net. Three minutes into the second half, Germany drew level when Timo Werner's cross found Marco Reus, who met it with his knee and turned the ball into the bottom corner of the net. With just under 10 minutes left, Jérôme Boateng was dismissed after picking up a second yellow card for a tackle on Marcus Berg, and Neuer then made a one-handed save to deny substitute John Guidetti from a downward header.[28]Toni Kroos tapped a free-kick short to Reus before sweeping the return pass into the top right corner from left of the penalty area with his right foot.[29]

Kroos' goal in (94.39) is the latest winner ever scored on the World Cup stage. The previous record belonged to Francesco Totti, who found the net late on (94.26) against Australia in 2006.[30] Germany came from behind at half-time to win a World Cup match for the first time since 1974 - which was also against Sweden (0-1 at HT, won 4-2). Sweden have lost a World Cup group-stage match for the first time since June 1990, when they lost to Costa Rica - this defeat ends a run of 10 group games unbeaten. Boateng is the first player to be sent off at the World Cup for Germany since Miroslav Klose in 2010 against Serbia.[29]

Germany 2-1 Sweden
Report
Germany[32]
Sweden[32]
GK 1 Manuel Neuer (c)
RB 18 Joshua Kimmich
CB 16 Antonio Rüdiger
CB 17 Jérôme Boateng Yellow card 71 Yellow-red card 82
LB 3 Jonas Hector Substituted off 87
CM 19 Sebastian Rudy Substituted off 31
CM 8 Toni Kroos
RW 13 Thomas Müller
AM 7 Julian Draxler Substituted off 46
LW 11 Marco Reus
CF 9 Timo Werner
Substitutions:
MF 21 ?lkay Gündo?an Substituted in 31
FW 23 Mario Gómez Substituted in 46
MF 20 Julian Brandt Substituted in 87
Manager:
Joachim Löw
GER-SWE 2018-06-23.svg
GK 1 Robin Olsen
RB 2 Mikael Lustig
CB 3 Victor Lindelöf
CB 4 Andreas Granqvist (c)
LB 6 Ludwig Augustinsson
RM 17 Viktor Claesson Substituted off 74
CM 7 Sebastian Larsson Yellow card 90+7
CM 8 Albin Ekdal Yellow card 52
LM 10 Emil Forsberg
CF 9 Marcus Berg Substituted off 90
CF 20 Ola Toivonen Substituted off 78
Substitutions:
MF 21 Jimmy Durmaz Substituted in 74
FW 11 John Guidetti Substituted in 78
FW 22 Isaac Kiese Thelin Substituted in 90
Manager:
Janne Andersson

South Korea vs Germany

The two teams had faced each other three times, including two FIFA World Cup games, one at the 2002 FIFA World Cup semi-finals, which ended with a 1-0 victory for Germany, and one at the 1994 FIFA World Cup group stage, a Germany 3-2 victory.[7] Despite South Korea's two previous losses, they were not eliminated just yet. For South Korea to have any chance of advancing, Mexico would have to defeat Sweden in their match that same day, and South Korea would then have to defeat Germany by at least two goals, a feat predicted to be highly improbable going in, with the South Korean coach before the game predicting that it had a "one percent" chance of happening.[34][35]

Son Heung-min shot wide from the edge of the penalty area before Marco Reus shot one towards goal at the other end only to see it blocked. Leon Goretzka drew a one-handed save from Jo Hyeon-woo with a header from the middle of the penalty area, the South Korean goalkeeper diving to his right and pushing the ball away at full stretch. Two minutes into the second-half's stoppage time, Son's corner from the left reached Kim Young-gwon at the far post who scored into the right corner from six yards out with his left foot, the offside decision that followed was overruled by a VAR decision.[36]Ju Se-jong won the ball off Manuel Neuer who had been at the other end of the pitch in order to join the German attack, thus leaving the goal undefended, and hit a long ball to Son, who ran onto the ball and tapped into an empty net from close range to score the second.[37][38]

Had Mexico defeated Sweden in their final group stage match that same day, a South Korean victory over Germany by at least two goals would have advanced South Korea to the Round of 16 based on goal differential, at the expense of Sweden. However, since Sweden defeated Mexico 3-0, the South Koreans were eliminated despite their 2-0 victory over Germany. This marked the second time that South Korea failed to make the Round of 16 in two consecutive FIFA World Cups, having been eliminated in the group stage at the previous one and in four consecutive World Cups from 1986 to 1998.

Germany are the fourth defending champions to be eliminated from the group stage at the World Cup in the last five tournaments, following France in 2002, Italy in 2010, and Spain in 2014; and since the new millennium, all champions eliminated in the group stage have been UEFA members. This is only the second time that Germany have been eliminated from the first round at the World Cup, having done so in 1938, while also being the first time since then that Germany fails to finish among the best eight teams of the tournament. However, this is the first time it happened after the first round was converted back to a group stage format in 1950. This was Germany's first ever defeat against an Asian nation in a World Cup match in what was their sixth such match. This was South Korea's first victory (and clean sheet) at the World Cup since their 2-0 win over Greece in 2010. Son's goal for South Korea (95:52) was the latest goal Germany have ever conceded in a World Cup match (excluding extra-time).[38] This was also the first time Germany finished bottom in the World Cup's group stage, one of the worst performances in their history; having been eliminated from the group stage of UEFA Euro 2000 and 2004. South Korea's win also meant that Australia was the only team from the Asian Football Confederation that failed to win a game in their 2018 World Cup campaign.

Attendance: 41,835[39]
Germany[40]
GK 23 Jo Hyeon-woo
RB 2 Lee Yong
CB 5 Yun Young-sun
CB 19 Kim Young-gwon
LB 14 Hong Chul
RM 17 Lee Jae-sung Yellow card 23
CM 15 Jung Woo-young Yellow card 9
CM 20 Jang Hyun-soo
LM 18 Moon Seon-min Yellow card 48 Substituted off 69
CF 13 Koo Ja-cheol Substituted off 56
CF 7 Son Heung-min (c) Yellow card 65
Substitutions:
FW 11 Hwang Hee-chan Substituted in 56 Substituted off 79
MF 8 Ju Se-jong Substituted in 69
DF 22 Go Yo-han Substituted in 79
Manager:
Shin Tae-yong
KOR-GER 2018-06-27.svg
GK 1 Manuel Neuer (c)
RB 18 Joshua Kimmich
CB 5 Mats Hummels
CB 15 Niklas Süle
LB 3 Jonas Hector Substituted off 78
CM 6 Sami Khedira Substituted off 58
CM 8 Toni Kroos
RW 14 Leon Goretzka Substituted off 63
AM 10 Mesut Özil
LW 11 Marco Reus
CF 9 Timo Werner
Substitutions:
FW 23 Mario Gómez Substituted in 58
FW 13 Thomas Müller Substituted in 63
MF 20 Julian Brandt Substituted in 78
Manager:
Joachim Löw

Mexico vs Sweden

The two teams had met in nine previous matches, including a 1958 FIFA World Cup group stage match won by Sweden 3-0.[14]

Sweden got the breakthrough five minutes into the second half, Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed past Guillermo Ochoa when Viktor Claesson's mishit sat him up. The referee pointed to the spot when Héctor Moreno slid in on Marcus Berg and Andreas Granqvist shot into the top-left corner. In the 74th minute, substitute Isaac Thelin flicked on a long throw-in and Edson Álvarez sent the ball into his own net with his arm.[42]

Mexico qualify for the knockout stages for the seventh consecutive World Cup despite this defeat, thanks to South Korea's 2-0 victory over Germany.[43] This was Sweden's biggest win in a World Cup match since they defeated Bulgaria 4-0 in 1994 in the third-place play-off match. Granqvist became the first Swede to score two or more goals in a single World Cup tournament since Henrik Larsson in 2002. This was Mexico's worst defeat at the World Cup since they were beaten 6-0 by Germany in 1978. Jesús Gallardo was shown a yellow card after just 15 seconds in this game - the quickest anyone has ever been booked in the World Cup.[44]

Mexico[46]
Sweden[46]
GK 13 Guillermo Ochoa
RB 21 Edson Álvarez
CB 3 Carlos Salcedo
CB 15 Héctor Moreno Yellow card 61
LB 23 Jesús Gallardo Yellow card 1 Substituted off 65
CM 18 Andrés Guardado (c) Substituted off 75
CM 16 Héctor Herrera
RW 7 Miguel Layún Yellow card 86 Substituted off 89
AM 11 Carlos Vela
LW 22 Hirving Lozano
CF 14 Javier Hernández
Substitutions:
MF 8 Marco Fabián Substituted in 65
MF 17 Jesús Manuel Corona Substituted in 75
FW 19 Oribe Peralta Substituted in 89
Manager:
Colombia Juan Carlos Osorio
MEX-SWE 2018-06-27.svg
GK 1 Robin Olsen
RB 2 Mikael Lustig Yellow card 88
CB 3 Victor Lindelöf
CB 4 Andreas Granqvist (c)
LB 6 Ludwig Augustinsson
RM 17 Viktor Claesson
CM 7 Sebastian Larsson Yellow card 26 Substituted off 57
CM 8 Albin Ekdal Substituted off 80
LM 10 Emil Forsberg
CF 9 Marcus Berg Substituted off 68
CF 20 Ola Toivonen
Substitutions:
MF 13 Gustav Svensson Substituted in 57
FW 22 Isaac Kiese Thelin Substituted in 68
MF 15 Oscar Hiljemark Substituted in 80
Manager:
Janne Andersson

Discipline

Fair play points would have been used as tiebreakers if the overall and head-to-head records of teams were tied. These were calculated based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches as follows:[2]

  • first yellow card: minus 1 point;
  • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
  • direct red card: minus 4 points;
  • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;

Only one of the above deductions were applied to a player in a single match.

Team Match 1 Match 2 Match 3 Points
Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Red card
 Sweden 1 2 2 -5
 Mexico 2 3 -5
 Germany 2 1 -5
 South Korea 2 4 4 -10

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