World Cup 2018: Germany crash out, Brazil reach round of 16

first_imgBrazil went through to the knockouts at the World Cup, as Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored a goal each to give the five-time champions a 2-0 victory over Serbia and first place in their group.Brazil struggled in its opening two matches, first held to a 1-1 draw and then needing late goals to win the other. But they controlled this one.Paulinho gave his team the lead when he met a lofted ball from Philippe Coutinho in the 36th minute.READ MATCH REPORTThe defensive midfielder let the ball bounce in front of him near the penalty spot and kicked his right leg in the air to tap it over the goalkeeper’s fingertips.Silva later scored with a powerful header in the 68th from Neymar’s corner.WORLD CUP DAY 14 – HIGHLIGHTSSwitzerland also qualified for the round of 16 despite twice losing the lead in a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica, who had already been eliminated.Costa Rica scored from Bryan Ruiz penalty kick in stoppage time to tie the match on Wednesday night, but it didn’t affect Switzerland’s progression as the second-place team in Group E.Bjerim Dzemaili slammed in Switzerland’s first goal from close range after being set up by a header from Breel Embolo.READ MATCH REPORTCosta Rica got its first goal in Russia when defender Kendall Waston headed in a corner early in the second to equalize.Substitute Josip Drmic put Switzerland 2-1 up in the 88th minute. Ruiz’s penalty kick hit the crossbar and then bounced in off of goalkeeper Yann Sommer.advertisementBrazil topped the group after a 2-0 win over Serbia and will play Mexico. Switzerland will play Sweden.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEGermany crashed out of the World Cup, the fourth defending champion in the last five tournaments to be eliminated in the group stage.The four-time champions lost to South Korea 2-0 Wednesday, allowing a pair of injury-time goals while knowing a 1-0 victory would have been enough to advance because of the result in the other group match.Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16. South Korea was also eliminated despite the victory.READ MATCH REPORTKim Young-gwon scored the first goal in the third minute of injury time. Originally called out for offside, the goal was then given after video review.Son Heung-min made it 2-0 in the sixth minute of injury time after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer came up the field to help his teammates outside the South Korea box. Son tapped the ball into an empty net after a long pass from Ju Se-jong.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLESweden dominated Mexico 3-0 to move on to the World Cup knockout round, and thanks to South Korea, Mexico also advanced.Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from close range five minutes into the second half, and captain Andreas Granqvist converted a penalty kick to help Sweden take control Wednesday and win Group F.READ MATCH REPORTDespite the loss, Mexico also advances as runner-up in the group thanks to South Korea’s surprising 2-0 over defending champion Germany. Mexico has been to the round of 16 for seven straight World Cups. Sweden had not been to the knockout stage since 2006.Mexico’s Edson Alvarez had an own goal in the 74th minute to put the game out of reach at 3-0. Curse of the defending Champions – Germany bow outThe Germans, who have won four World Cups and finished runners-up four times, entered this year’s tournament heavily backed to retain their title.Germany had won all five of their World Cup previous meetings with Asian opponents, by an aggregate score of 19-3.Fans, media slam biggest disgrace in German World Cup historyBut they were knocked out of the World Cup after the first round for the second time, having lost a two-legged tie to Switzerland in 1938. The ousting was also Germany’s first from the group stage.Mesut Ozil created seven chances against South Korea, the most by any player in a single game at the 2018 World Cup so far, and that too all from open play.German coach Joachim Low shocked after World Cup 2018 eliminationSouht Korean keeper, Cho Hyun-Woo made six saves against Germany, which is the third most in a single 2018 World Cup game. Only Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa (with nine saves against Germany) and Costa RicaKeylor Navas (seven against Brazil) have more.Hence Germany become the third successive defending World Cup champions to be eliminated from the group stages after Spain (in 2014) and Italy (in 2010). They are also the fourth in five years to do so, after holders France were knocked out in 2002.advertisement Mexico qualify for knockouts for 16th straight World CupMexico qualified, despite their loss, for the round of sixteen in each of the last seven World Cups. Before the match Mexico had lost just two of their last 19 World Cup group stage matches, winning 10 and drawing seven.Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo received a yellow card after just 15 seconds, which is the fastest shown in World Cup history.Sweden scored 3 goals or more in a World Cup game for the first time since putting four past Bulgaria in 1994.Ludwig Augustinsson scored with his first ever shot at the World Cup finals to give Sweden the lead.Andreas Granqvist scored Sweden’s second and his second too in this edition, when he converted a penalty. Interestingly Granqvist’s last five international goals have all come from converting penalties (1 vs Bulgaria, 2 vs Luxemburg, 1 vs South Korea, 1 vs Mexico).He hence became the first Swedish player to score 2 or more goals in a single World Cup since Henrik Larsson did it in 2002 (when he scored three).Edson Alvarez’s own goal for Mexico was the 7th at this year’s World Cup, which is the most at any World Cup tournament. Costa Rica is the last team as all 32 participants scoreCosta Rica were winless in their last five World Cup games, drawing three and losing two. They had failed to score in four of those matches as well.Switzerland, on the other hand, scored at least once in six of their last seven World Cup games, which is as many as their previous 15 combined.Costa Rica became the last team to score in this year’s World Cup, ending three-match scoring drought. They had last scored against Greece in the round of 16 back in the 2014 edition. The time difference of 424 minutes.Costa Rica have had five goal scorers in the World Cup:Italy 1990 – Juan CayassoKorea/Japan 2002 – Ronald GomezGermany 2006 – Paulo WanchopeBrazil 2014 – Joel CampbellRussia 2018 – Kendall WastonSwiss keeper Yann Sommer became the third to score an own goal at a World Cup after Noel Valladares in 2014 and Andoni Zubizarreta in 1998. The own goal means that every single side at this year’s World Cup will finish with at least one goal in the ‘goals for’ column.Inters tingly Costa Rica have conceded three goals in the final five minutes of games in this year’s World Cup, which is more than any other side. Brazil qualify from group stage for 13th consecutive time since 1970Brazil qualified from the group stage of the World Cup for the 13th consecutive edition, a run stretching back to 1970.Before the start of the match, Brazil had only managed one victory in their last seven World Cup games against European opposition, drawing two and lossing four. The last win against an European side was a 3-1 win against Croatia in 2014.advertisementPaulinho scored as Philippe Coutinho assited, which means he has been directly involved in four of Brazil’s last five goals.Thiago Silva scored the second goal, his sixth for Brazil – four of them have been assisted by Neymar.Interestingly both of his World Cup games – 2014 (vs Colombia) and 2018 – have come from corners, both taken by Neymar.Neymar has been directly involved in 19 goals in his last 18 appearances for Brazil – scoring 10 goals, and assisting nine.Brazil also managed to keep a clean sheet, their 17th in 24 games under Tite, losing one and drawing only four in that period.(With inputs from AP)last_img