June 23, 2018 / 6:55 PM / a month ago

Soccer-Germany facing shock exit as Sweden grab halftime lead

SOCHI, Russia, June 23 (Reuters) - Holders Germany were facing a shock early exit from the World Cup as they trailed Sweden 1-0 at halftime in Group F on Saturday after a 32nd-minute goal from Ola Toivonen.

Mexico lead the group on six points after their 2-1 win over South Korea earlier on Saturday and Sweden would join them in the second round, with a game to spare, if they beat the Germans.

Germany dominated early possession but created little while Sweden had a strong claim for a penalty rejected when Marcus Berg went down in the box under challenge from Jerome Boateng before Toivonen’s cool finish, after an error by Toni Kroos. (Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Ed Osmond)

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