Germany was on the verge of elimination after going down 0-1 against Sweden during the 32nd minute. During halftime, Germany knew that it had 45 minutes to turn the game around, and its players immediately locked in. Marco Reus scored in the 48th minute to give his team the first goal this World Cup. Germany remained in attacking mode for most of the second half. In fact, it maintained possession 71% of the time; however, it struggled to score again. When the game appeared that it would end 1-1, Toni Kroos miraculously bent a shot into the net during the fifth minute of stoppage time, earning Germany a huge 3 points in the group standings.
Currently, Germany and Sweden are tied with 3 points in Group F. Mexico sits atop the group with 6 points while South Korea has 0 points. Even though each team has only one game remaining, it is mathematically possible for any two of the four teams to advance to the knockout stage. For Germany, if Sweden loses to Mexico on Wednesday, then a win or draw against South Korea will ensure that it advances. If Sweden draws against Mexico, then Germany will advance if it defeats South Korea.
If Germany and Sweden both win on Wednesday, there would be a three-way tie for 6 points in Group F between Mexico, Germany, and Sweden. Tiebreakers would determine the two teams that advance. Currently, Mexico has a goal differential of 2 while Germany and Sweden both have a goal differential of 0. Furthermore, Mexico has scored three goals in the last two group matches while Germany and Sweden have both scored two.
If Germany and Sweden both draw on Wednesday, then Mexico will advance and tiebreakers will determine whether Germany or Sweden advances.
If Germany and Sweden both lose on Wednesday, then Mexico will advance and there would be a three-way tie for 3 points between Germany, Sweden, and South Korea. Tiebreakers will determine which one of the three teams will advance. Currently, South Korea has a goal differential of -2, the lowest in Group F, and has only scored one goal in the last two matches, also the lowest in Group F. Unless if South Korea embarrasses Germany with a blowout on Wednesday, it is unlikely that South Korea advances from tiebreakers.
Germany will be eliminated if it loses to South Korea and Sweden draws or wins against Mexico or if it draws against South Korea and Sweden wins against Mexico. While the defending champions can celebrate their victory against Sweden, they must be ready to play on Wednesday, for the top two spots in Group F are still up for grabs.