But the striker finally managed to reach the 50-goal mark for El Tri on Saturday, becoming the first player in Mexico history to do so. The Koreans have zero.
If Germany were to ultimately be eliminated from the competition after this match, it would be the third successive reigning champion to not get out of the group stage.
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"I can be criticised for my performance. but there is a line, and that line was crossed yesterday", Durmaz said in a statement he read out to reporters at the team's Black Sea coast base in Gelendzhik on Sunday.
"We want to accomplish the impossible".
Despite Kroos' late heroics on Saturday, Germany have left themselves in a position where a place in the round of 16 could still be snatched from them regardless of their result against South Korea.
"If we have the system it's very unfortunate that (the referee) doesn't feel he can go and have a look".
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The match was evenly poised in the final 10 minutes of the first half, but chances were few and far between for both nations. Heimir Hallgrimsson's men were pressurising the Croatians in the final five minutes as they went in search of another goal .
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Argentina are under pressure after two poor performances and staring at their first group stage exit since the dark days of 2002. According to former Argentina national soccer teammate Pablo Zabaleta, the World Cup forward is "stressed and unhappy ".
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Suarez becomes the first Uruguayan to score in three World Cups and coach Tabarez admits he is vital to the national team. Carlos Sanchez flighted in a corner, Mohammed Al-Owais completely misjudged it and Suarez had an open goal.
"I am a footballer at the highest level, being criticized is something we live with".
Mexico haven't yet secured their spot in the Round of 16, but forward Javier Hernandez believes they are contenders to win the entire tournament.
Opta tell us that South Korea have now lost their last four matches at World Cup finals, equalling their worst ever sequence. So far, he has worn his heart on his sleeve, becoming visibly emotional during the Mexican national anthem in both games and after the Germany win.
But in Sweden, Mexico face a side that are tough to break down and against whom Germany needed an injury-time Toni Kroos wonder-strike to come from behind to win 2-1. Hernandez's 87-year-old grandfather, Tomas Balcazar, who featured for Mexico at the 1954 World Cup, was in attendance, surely adding to the poignancy of the occasion.
"They're the world champions, they're world number one".
Germany's dramatic victory brought the World Cup holders back from the brink of likely elimination and means there is everything to play for in Group F, with all four teams retaining hopes of qualification.
Despite two victories in two games, Mexico's future in the World Cup is almost as unsettled as it was when the team landed in Russian Federation three weeks ago.