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Kasper Schmeichel

Kasper Schmeichel

The Asian side needed to beat Germany by more than two goals to stand a chance of qualifying from Group F as runners up and hope Mexico beat Sweden but their already slim hopes ended when the Scandinavians raced into a 3-0 lead in the second half.

Regardless of previous performance, it's a fresh slate for the remaining nations, but now it's win or go home.

After several closely-fought matches and quite a few shocking results in Russia, Fifa World Cup 2018 has reached the knockout stages.

When Mexico defeated the world champions Germany in the first round of the group stages, much was praised towards Guardado's midfield ethic.

Denis Cheryshev has been one of Russia's stars at this tournament with three goals but has spent his entire club career in Spain.

"But now we are at a World Cup, it's a new cycle, a new format", said coach Tite in an attempt to keep feet on the ground.

The Mexicans have conceded two or more goals in each of their last five knockout games at the World Cup, and it wouldn't surprise anyone to see Brazil find the net at least twice.

Germany's World Cup title defense came crashing down in the most inglorious fashion imaginable on Wednesday. In a tight final outing, goals from the captain and Marcos Rojo - the latter coming in the 86th minute - secured the win they needed to advance against a gusty young Nigeria team.

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But two stoppage-time goals from the eliminated South Korea knocked them out.

Japan squeaked into the knockout rounds in the strangest of circumstances, Senegal missing out on the last 16 due to their inferior fair play record.

Sunday starts with Russian Federation hosting Spain in Moscow's main stadium, with the late game pitting Denmark, which hasn't lost since the fall of 2016, against Croatia, which eased through its group with three wins.

Despite the technology dividing opinion - with detractors saying it slows the speed of the game and leaves certain decisions still open to debate - Mourinho says he backs VAR in principle.

Key battle: Xherdan Shaqiri hit a late victor against Serbia and he is his team's biggest attacking threat, with Sweden's left-back Ludwig Augustinsson - who scored their opening goal in a 3-0 win against Mexico - likely to be tested defensively.

Concluding the round of 16 is Colombia v England, with both sides likely to be thinking ahead to a possible clear run to the semi-finals due to being paired with Sweden and Switzerland in the last eight.

Bild headlines from Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in 2014 and its 2-0 loss to South Korea in 2018.

The game plan is simple and Sweden appear to be able to execute it.

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