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World Cup 2018 Scores: Wednesday's Results and Thursday's Schedule

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 27, 2018

KAZAN, RUSSIA - JUNE 27: Mario Gomez of Germany looks dejected after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Korea Republic and Germany at Kazan Arena on June 27, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Mexico and Sweden confirmed their places in the 2018 FIFA World Cup knockout stages on Wednesday as South Korea beat Germany 2-0 to oust the defending champions from the tournament as Group F's bottom team.

In what's sure to be remembered as one of the biggest upsets in recent World Cup memory, South Korea were also eliminated but finished third in the pool, while Sweden and Mexico finished first and second, respectively.

The video assistant referee corrected an offside decision to rightly give Kim Young-Gwon South Korea's first after 91 minutes, and Heung-Min Son's 95th-minute addition cemented Germany's second-ever first-round World Cup departure. 

Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist scored early in the second half against Mexico before Edson Alvarez's own goal sealed a 3-0 victory for Sweden, who will next take on Group E runners-up Switzerland.

Brazil solidified their place atop Group E, meanwhile, and will face Mexico in the round of 16 after beating Serbia 2-0, while Switzerland's 2-2 draw against Costa Rica was enough to take second. 

Read on for a recap of Wednesday's results in Russia and a look toward Thursday's schedule, when the group stage of the 2018 World Cup will come to an end as attention turns to the knockout rounds.

          

Wednesday's Results

South Korea 2-0 Germany

Mexico 0-3 Sweden

Serbia 0-2 Brazil

Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica

        

Group Standings (Goal Difference)

Group E

1. Brazil: 7 (+4)

2. Switzerland: 5 (+1)

3. Serbia: 3 (-2)

4.  Costa Rica: 1 (-3)

       

Group F

1. Sweden: 6 (+3)

2. Mexico: 6 (-1)

3. South Korea: 3 (0)

4. Germany: 3 (-2)

         

Thursday's World Cup Schedule

Group G

Japan vs. Poland, 5 p.m. local time/3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET 

Senegal vs. Colombia, 6 p.m. local time/3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET

Group H

England vs. Belgium, 8 p.m. local time/7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET

Panama vs. Tunisia, 9 p.m. local time/7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET

       

Recap

For the third World Cup in succession, the defending champion has fallen out of the tournament at the group stage after South Korea showed the kind of clinical touch late on that both teams had been craving all game.

Joachim Low's men had their chances to break the deadlock—through Mats Hummels in the dying minutes especially—but rarely looked their usual selves, and Statman Dave noted how their exit was perhaps deserved:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Germany at the 2018 #WorldCup Left Leroy Sane (10 ⚽ & 15🅰) at home Left Julian Weigl at home Played Mesut Ozil as a 6 Lost 1-0 to Mexico Needed a 95th minute winner to beat Sweden Beaten 2-0 by South Korea Finished bottom of their group Their worst World Cup since 1938 😲 https://t.co/QZVESiypWo

Leon Goretzka didn't work in a wide-right role, Timo Werner was too often isolated in attack and Joshua Kimmich was just one of several team stars who needed to turn up on the day but just didn't.

Referee Mark Geiger rightly referred to VAR and saw that a Niklas Sule touch meant Kim's previously offside goal stood, while BBC 5 live Sport pundit Chris Sutton lambasted German No. 1 Manuel Neuer for his hand in their second:

BBC 5 live Sport @5liveSport

GOAL! SOUTH KOREA! Son taps in to an open goal after Neuer gets tackled 70 yards up the pitch! 'Manuel Neuer you are a disgrace!' - @Chris_Sutton73 #GER 0 - 2 #KOR #KORGER Live 📲: https://t.co/WxX2s19wQ3 #bbcworldcup https://t.co/ky05xW7Mxh

There was nothing up for debate as Son raced through on goal to convert into an empty net, in some way making up for the Tottenham Hotspur star's sadness following their recent 2-1 defeat to Mexico.

Sweden picked the right time to turn on the afterburners on Wednesday as their second-half spring at the Ekaterinburg Arena saw them soar to the summit of the Group F standings.

Werder Bremen left-back Augustinsson sprang free of his marker on the 50-minute mark and was left open at the back post, volleying in after a scuffed shot flew in his direction, via Fox Soccer (U.S. only):

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

Sweden take the lead on Mexico! Augustinsson puts it away at the back post to make it 1-0 for the Swedes. https://t.co/4NMRr6hbeN

Sweden had taken the lead for a third World Cup match in succession and went two goals ahead just 12 minutes later, when Hector Herrera—their hero against Germany—tangled with an opponent in the box.

The resulting penalty was dutifully tucked into Guillermo Ochoa's left corner—the Sweden captain's second spot-kick at this World Cup—and ESPN FC's Dale Johnson put into context just how close the group climax had become:

Dale Johnson @DaleJohnsonESPN

Massive goal for Sweden - they are almost there. Simple scenario here: If Germany scored Mexico HAVE to score. If both Germany and Mexico score, Mexico are through on GOAL SCORED. #KORGER #MEXSWE #WorldCup

Not content with beating their previous best goal tally at this World Cup by just one, a long throw-in from Sweden ended up bobbling in off the shins of Alvarez, and if the result wasn't assured before, it was now.

Writer Adam Crafton highlighted the strength of Janne Andersson's side without a certain retired international:

Adam Crafton @AdamCrafton_

Zlatan's been holding Sweden back all these years.

In a mad 100 minutes or so, Sweden went from potential first-round departees to unlikely group winners and will now face the runners-up of Group E, Switzerland, who had hopes of beating Brazil to top spot but ultimately fell short.

The Selecao won 2-0 for the second time in succession, except this time the victory over Serbia was more comfortable than their last-gasp win against Costa Rica, owing to earlier goals from Paulinho and Thiago Silva.

Philippe Coutinho was the architect for Paulinho's incision, and Silva's header from a Neymar corner in the 68th minute settled it for Brazil, who won Group E and finished two points clear of their competition.

South American football writer Rupert Fryer highlighted the duality of Neymar's play in that result and the World Cup so far, with the question being whether his reward is worth his risk:

Rupert Fryer @Rupert_Fryer

Neymar lost possession 29 times tonight - 10 more than anyone else on the pitch. He has now lost it almost 20 times more than anyone else at the #WorldCup. Only Messi (20) has completed more than Neymar's 17 dribbles & nobody more than Neymar's 11 chances created. #HeWhoDares? https://t.co/Q1LvI7jf5H

Costa Rica twice came back from behind to secure their first and only point of the 2018 World Cup, meanwhile, denying Switzerland a second Group E victory as they now gear up for a meeting with Sweden on Tuesday.

Josip Drmic scored in the 88th minute and thought he'd won it for Switzerland after Kendall Watson headed in to cancel out Blerim Dzemaili's opener, but the best drama was left for last, via Fox Soccer (U.S. only):

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

Off the post, off the keeper's head and in the net. Just how Costa Rica drew up their equalizer 😂 https://t.co/MkeJ3tpfaJ

ITV posted footage of the penalty drama for UK audiences, with Bryan Ruiz's spot-kick striking back out and in off the back of Swiss No. 1 Yann Sommer:

ITV Football @itvfootball

GOAL! Costa Rica draw level in the closing stages through a penalty but it's a Yann Sommer own goal, with the ball finding its way in via the unfortunate keeper's back https://t.co/qnfy23HCU4

That late twist of fate gave Costa Rica a deserved point despite their lack of possession, per WhoScored.com, and it also means Group A losers Egypt remain the only side in Russia to finish their campaign without a point.