Kroos hits out at Germany's World Cup doubters

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Germany's 2-1 win over Sweden could turn out to be the cornerstone in the defending champions' Russian campaign, a memorable event that brought players together following their disastrous start.

Sweden's forward Marcus Berg admitted the team had "broken down" after that defeat.

Mexico are in a commanding position at the top of Group F, although Germany's dramatic late victor in a 2-1 victory over Sweden means, should results go against them on the final matchday, El Tri could yet fail to progress.

"That got me really annoyed and angry", Andersson said after the game. "Some of the [German] group leaders of their team celebrated by running in our direction, rubbing it in our faces by making gestures." .

Sweden players have defended team-mate Jimmy Durmaz after he received racial abuse after their dramatic World Cup defeat by Germany.

Nearly instantaneously, Durmaz's social media accounts were awash with vicious, spiteful comments, many - sadly, predictably - in reference to his Turkish heritage.

The rain had just begun to fall in the German capital as Ola Toivonen fired Sweden ahead on the half-hour mark, and grey clouds lingered as the crowd sung "You'll Never Walk Alone" at half-time.

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Anchor: South Korea will be looking to make FIFA World Cup history this week as it seeks to become the first team to progress to the last-16 stage of the 32-team tournament after losing its first two games.

"It's nothing I'm bothered about", he told reporters.

In a wide-open Group F topped by Mexico with six points, the Germans have their fate in their own hands again. "We are Sweden", turning to his teammates, as they chant "F-- racism!" They play Mexico in their final group stage match on Wednesday.

"I would just like to say a few things regarding what happened after the game yesterday", Durmaz said, while reading from a prepared statement from his phone at Sweden's training center, while his fellow squad members stood behind him.

He added: "The whole group is still alive so we will have to lick our wounds and come back for the last game".

Given the way South Korea have performed - losing to Sweden 1-0 and then to Mexico 2-1 in thoroughly uninspiring performances - it doesn't appear likely that the drought will end this year.

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