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Mexico backs into World Cup's knockout phase, and is now ready to move forward

MOSCOW - Mexico is going on and Germany is going home. Both had South Korea to thank for that Wednesday after a wild day of World Cup surprises that eliminated the defending champion and breathed new life into a team that thought it was dead.

Mexico, needing only a point to win Group F and advance to the next round, was pummeled 3-0 by Sweden. Germany, needing only a goal to push Mexico aside and take its spot in the second round, was shut out 2-0

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