World Cup 2018 live results: Group F standings, tiebreakers, lineups for Mexico-Sweden, Germany-South Korea


Right now, both Sweden and Mexico would advance, but things just got a lot more nervy for Mexico.

11:03 a.m. ET — And we’re off for the second half.

HALFTIME: Mexico 0 – Sweden 0, Germany 0 – South Korea 0

All square in every game, and no goals yet, but that’s not for a lack of chances.

10:33 a.m. ET — Javier Hernandez appeared to catch the ball with his arm in the box, though it was very close. Ref initially waves it off, then goes to VAR … and again rules no penalty. Off the ensuing corner, Guillermo Ochoa makes a huge save, his third or so of the game.

In the other match, South Korea is hanging on against Germany. Both games still 0-0.

10:25 a.m. ET — All square between the two teams, but there hasn’t been a shortage of opportunities. South Korea nearly scored on Germany when Manuel Neuer bobbled a free kick, just moments after Mexico’s Carlos Vela curled a ball just wide of the post with his left foot.


Here’s the current, live Group F table:

(top two teams advance)

Group F

Team Points Goal diff. Goals scored
Team Points Goal diff. Goals scored
Sweden 6 1 3
Mexico 6 1 3
Germany 4 0 2
South Korea 1 -2 1

Who will advance if scores hold?

Sweden and Mexico (Sweden would win group on head-to-head tiebreaker)

Who theoretically can advance?

Right now, everyone is still alive in this group. Crazy, I know.

Mexico is in the driver’s seat, and Germany is in a good spot. But Sweden and even South Korea are absolutely still alive.

Here’s how this is all possible:

Mexico advances as group winner with a win or draw. Mexico has the widest path to the Round of 16: El Tri can even advance with a loss if Germany loses or even defeats South Korea without surpassing in goal differential.

Germany advances with a win or draw over South Korea if Mexico defeats Sweden. There are also scenarios for Germany to advance with a win even if Sweden wins and even a draw if the scores all go their way. Full Germany qualification scenarios are here.

Sweden advances with a win or draw against Mexico if Germany loses to South Korea. If Germany wins, Sweden needs a win and then a tiebreaker to go in their favor. A two-goal win guarantees advancement for Sweden. Sweden can advance with a draw and a Germany loss or potentially a low-scoring draw. Sweden could also potentially advance with a loss if South Korea defeats Germany in a game that keeps the goals scored and goal differential tiebreakers in Sweden’s favor.

In addition to a needing Sweden to defeat Mexico, South Korea needs a win over Germany by a great enough scoreline to move them up in goal differential in order to advance.

With so much up in the air, there are many different scenarios that could happen affecting which teams move on to the knockout stage.

Lineups are in!

For the first time in 51 games, Juan Carlos Osorio trots out the same lineup for Mexico. (Can you blame him?) In the Germany game, Jogi Low has made five changes (!), and finally brought in Goretzka.


Group F kicks off its final group stage matches on Wednesday, with both set for 10 a.m. ET. Germany and South Korea face off at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, while Mexico and Sweden are set to compete at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Today we’ll have a running live blog of key moments and score updates as every team in Group F works to move on to the knockout stage.

But first, you probably want to know what the scenarios for advancement are here.

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