Korea polish up tactics for match vs. Germany

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If Sweden beats Mexico on Wednesday and Germany beats South Korea, three teams would be tied atop Group F with six points, sending it to tiebreakers that start with the best goal differential.

"We always knew we would have to fight all the way to the last game", Ochoa said.

While coach Shin Tae-yong rued missing key players such as striker Lee Keun-ho through injury, he said changes were needed within South Korea's domestic set up to turn around the team's fortunes.

Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa said there wasn't any panic when he and his teammates learned they had unfinished business in their final game. "But when we play a team that sit as deep as Sweden did, playing wide allows you to pick up some more momentum running at defenders. We have to win and not just 1-0".

Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from global football two years ago but Sweden's former talisman looms over their World Cup campaign like only he can.

If South Korea do manage to progress beyond the group stage, it will become the first team to qualify for the last-16 of the World Cup after losing its first two game since the tournament was expanded to 32 countries in 1998.

The Toulouse winger, 29, came on after 74 minutes before giving away the late free-kick from which Toni Kroos gave the holders a 2-1 victory on Saturday.

Germany, looking far sharper than they did in their opening defeat against Mexico, piled forward and eventually earned their reward when Marco Reus reacted quickly to turn the ball in shortly after the interval.

"It was the right decision to pick him and drop Mesut Ozil".

Germany's other first-choice centre-back, Jerome Boateng, will be suspended in Kazan after being sent off against the Swedes.

Not even five-time champions Brazil can boast such a record, with the South Americans having failed to get out of their group in 1966.

Germany could be without defensive midfielder Sebastian Rudy who broke his nose after taking an inadvertent foot to the face in the first half. "We will have to take stock and look at the situation".

"We have to play against South Korea in order to be sure we make it to the next round and then everything is open, we will take it as it comes".

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