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All the factz on Mexico v Sweden and South Korea v Germany in group F at the World Cup

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The final games in group F could still see any two of the four sides qualify. Mexico are in pole position, but other sides can overhaul them. The matches kick off at 3pm BST and South Korea v Germany is live on BBC1, while Mexico v Sweden is on BBC4. Here are the factz you need to know:

Mexico v Sweden

• Mexico just need a point to be sure of qualification – and of being group winners. A loss, and they need to rely on Germany not beating South Korea.
• A win for Sweden would guarantee qualification. Otherwise, just bettering Germany’s result will be enough to get through.
• Mexico’s Javier Hernandez needs 1 goal to become Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer. He scored his 50th goal last time out.
• Ola Toivonen’s goal against Germany was their first at a World Cup from open play since 2006.
• The teams have met on 9 previous occasions, with Sweden winning 4 times to Mexico’s 2. Mexico’s last win against Sweden was in 1994.

South Korea v Germany

• South Korea have to beat Germany and hope Sweden lose to Mexico to have any chance of qualifying.
• Germany need to beat South Korea by 2 clear goals or better Sweden’s result to qualify for the knockout stages. If they and Sweden draw, the side in the higher scoring match will go through. If the draws are by the same scoreline, then Germany will progress.
• The sides have met on 3 previous occasions, two of those at World Cups, where each time Germany won. South Korea’s only win came in a friendly.
• Germany have never gone out at the group stage at a World Cup.
• South Korea have lost their last 4 World Cup matches.

All the factz on Germany v Mexico in Group F in the World Cup, including which channel its on

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Champions Germany open up their 2018 World Cup campaign against perennial last-16 side Mexico. The match kicks off at 4pm BST and it is live on BBC1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Germany are bidding to become the first side since Brazil in 1958 and 62 to win back-to-back World Cups.
* In 11 previous meetings, Germany have won on 5 occasions to Mexico’s 1.
* Germany topped their qualifying group winning all 10 matches and scoring 43 goals.
* However, since then the side have won just 1 of 6 friendly matches.
* Mexico topped their final North, Central America and Caribbean qualifying group with 21 points from 10 matches – 5 points clear of 2nd placed Costa Rica.
* Germany’s Thomas Muller has scored 10 World Cup goals. The record at the finals is 16 by countryman Miroslav Klose.
* Mexico have an experienced squad – 13 have more than 50 caps.
* Mexico are consistent if nothing else: they have gone out at the last 16 stage in each of the past 6 World Cups.
* This is Mexico’s 16th World Cup finals. Only Brazil, Argentina, Germany/West Germany and Italy have appeared in more.
* Joachim Low is aiming to become only the second manager to win successive World Cups. Vitorrio Pozzi did it with Italy in 1934 and 38.

Arsenal eyeing up PSV Eindhoven winger to replace Alexis Sanchez in January

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Arsenal are looking to sign PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano in the January transfer window as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who seems increasingly likely to leave the club.

Lozano has caught the eye this season having already scored 9 goals in the Eredivisie, having only joined the club in the summer from Pachuca for £7.04 million.

However, the 22-year-old, who already has 20 caps for Mexico, is likely to cost £30 million, as PSV’s bosses will be unlikely to allow one of their rising stars to leave for less than the release clause, according to a report by Football.London.

Lozano has previously been watched by Arsenal scouts, and is thought to also be on Manchester United’s radar. But if he keeps his early season form up, other clubs around Europe are likely to be interested in signing him.

Sanchez is known to want to leave Arsenal, with Manchester City thought a likely destination. A cut-price move could happen in January as the Gunners would like to get some money for the player, rather than see him move for nothing once his contract expires in June.