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minute at Fisht Sta­dium. They felt they could have been ahead even ear­lier if the ref­eree had called a penalty when Mar­cus Berg ap­peared to be fouled in­side the area with a clear chance to score. There was no for­mal video re­view called for.

‘‘If we have the (VAR) sys­tem, it’s very un­for­tu­nate that he [the ref­eree] can feel so se­cure in the mo­ment that he doesn’t go and have a look at the sit­u­a­tion,’’ An­der­s­son said.

He and the Swedish play­ers said they also couldn’t un­der­stand why Ger­many de­cided to cel­e­brate near their bench.

‘‘You shouldn’t cel­e­brate in front of our bench the way they did, that’s dis­re­spect­ful,’’ Guidetti said. ‘‘You can cel­e­brate with your own fans. Don’t cel­e­brate in front of our bench like that. That’s why they apol­o­gised, be­cause they knew they did some­thing wrong.’’

An­der­s­son said he was ‘‘very an­noyed’’ by see­ing the Ger­many team ‘‘run­ning in our di­rec­tion and rub­bing it in our faces by mak­ing ges­tures’’.

In the other group F match, Car­los Vela and Javier Her­nan­dez scored a goal each to move Mex­ico closer to a spot in the round of 16 by beat­ing South Korea 2-1.

Mex­ico, who up­set Ger­many in their open­ing match, took the lead when Vela con­verted from the penalty spot in the 26th minute.

The Mex­i­cans were awarded the penalty af­ter Jang Hyun-soo han­dled the ball while try­ing to stop a cross from An­dres Guardado. Her­nan­dez added the sec­ond in the 66th, scor­ing his 50th goal for Mex­ico.

Son He­ung-min scored a con­so­la­tion goal for South Korea in in­jury time, send­ing a pow­er­ful shot past goal­keeper Guillermo Ochoa.

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