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The flags of England and Panama with the logo of FIFA up on the superstructure of the Nizhny Novgorod stadium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. England will play Panama in a group G match Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local):

1:11 a.m.

If more stoppage-time drama is too much to ask of this suddenly stunner-filled World Cup, at least Sunday could bring more clarity about which teams will make it out of their groups.

England starts the day with a question about whether it — like the loaded Belgium squad currently atop group G — can take care of business against a weaker team. An English victory over World Cup newcomer Panama would put the Three Lions and the Belgians into the knockout stage and leave them with a head-to-head matchup next week to see who wins the group.

Japan and Senegal meet in Sunday's second match, each riding a 2-1 win that have them co-leading group H. A draw would leave both in good position to move on. A win for either would all but guarantee it.

Colombia and Poland clash in the late game, both needing a win to keep pace in the group. A loss could all but end their World Cup early.

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12:30 a.m.

FIFA's disciplinary committee opened disciplinary proceedings against Swiss players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri for politically charged goal celebrations during their 2-1 World Cup win over Serbia in Kaliningrad.

FIFA also said Saturday it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Serbian Football Association for crowd disturbance and the display of political and offensive messages by Serbian fans. FIFA also is reviewing statements that Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic made after the match.

Xhaka and Shaqiri celebrated their goals by making a nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage. Both of their families come from Kosovo, the former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008. Serbia doesn't recognize Kosovo's independence and relations between the two countries remain tense.

The Polish Football Association was fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100) and given a warning by FIFA's disciplinary committee for a banner that the governing body deemed political and offensive. The banner was displayed during Senegal's 2-1 win over Poland on Tuesday in Moscow.

The committee also opened disciplinary proceedings against the federations of Argentina and Croatia for crowd disturbances during Croatia's 3-0 win Thursday at Nizhny Novgorod.

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12:12 a.m.

Sweden's coach isn't happy with how the Germany bench reacted after Toni Kroos' dagger deep in stoppage time gave the 10-man Germans a 2-1 win at the World Cup.

Coach Janne Andersson said after Saturday's dramatic finish that "some of the German leaders on the team celebrated by running in our direction and rubbing it in our faces by making gestures, and so that got me very annoyed."

Andersson said "people behaved in ways that you don't do. You cheer together, maybe, and you leave your opponents to feel sad, and that is the end of it."

Germany coach Joachim Loew said he didn't see anything like that happen because he was too busy hugging his assistant coaches.

A draw would have put Sweden alone in second place in the group that includes first-place Mexico and last-place South Korea. Now it's tied with Germany and will likely need points against Mexico to advance.

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11:05 p.m.

Toni Kroos has revived Germany's World Cup hopes with a superb late strike in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win for the defending champions over Sweden.

Kroos curled a right-foot shot from the left edge of the area inside the far post after a set piece, with Germany down to 10 men. He tapped the ball to Marco Reus from the free kick and then launched his strike into the top corner.

Germany needed at least a draw to stay in contention in Group F after opening with a loss to Mexico. It is now second in the group, three points behind Mexico and level with Sweden. Mexico had a 2-1 victory over winless South Korea 2-1 earlier Saturday. 

Sweden opened the scoring with Ola Toivonen in the first half after a counterattack that started with a passing mistake by Kroos' near midfield. 

Reus equalized three minutes into the second half with a shot from inside the area after a pass by Timo Werner. 

Germany played the final minutes with 10 men as Jerome Boateng was sent off for a second yellow card for a hard challenge on Marcus Berg.

Halftime substitute Mario Gomez had one of the best chances for Germany with a close-range header in the 88th that was saved by goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

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10:55 p.m.

Toni Kroos has scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to give Germany a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Sweden at the World Cup.

Kroos curled a right-foot shot inside the far post after a set piece.

Germany needed at least a draw to stay in contention in Group F after opening with a loss to Mexico. 

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10:40 p.m.

Defending champion Germany is playing Sweden with 10 men after defender Jerome Boateng was sent off in the 82nd minute.

Boateng was shown a second yellow for a hard challenge on Sweden striker Marcus Berg. Boateng had been shown his first yellow earlier in the second half.

Germany needs at least a draw to stay in contention in Group F after opening with a loss to Mexico.

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10:36 p.m.

Mexico forward Carlos Vela is savoring his first goal at a World Cup for a lot of reasons.

Vela missed the 2014 tournament in Brazil after a fallout with team officials that started when he wasn't picked for the 2013 Confederations Cup. So the L.A. Galaxy player appreciates his inclusion this time around in Russia.

Vela dedicated his goal against South Korea on Saturday to his maternal grandfather, who died at age 80 after Mexico's upset win over Germany to start the tournament.

"Last victory that you got to see, grandpa," Vela wrote on Instagram after that game. "I hope you were very proud of me."

Vela converted a penalty in the 26th minute to open the scoring for Mexico in a 2-1 win on Saturday.

He said afterward that "there have been difficult times for my family and that's why I've enjoyed today's triumph a lot and to the fullest."

It was Vela's 19th goal for Mexico, and his first since Oct. 10. Vela has now played in five World Cup matches, including three in 2010 in South Africa.

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10:05 p.m.

Marco Reus has equalized for defending champion Germany three minutes into the second half against Sweden.

Reus completed a cross from Timo Warner to level the match at 1-1.

Striker Mario Gomez appeared to touch the ball before it got to Reus near the penalty spot.

Gomez had entered the match after halftime as Germany coach Joachim Loew tried to boost the team's attack.

Germany needs at least a draw to stay in contention in Group F after opening with a loss to Mexico.

Sweden opened the scoring with Ola Toivonen in the first half after an uncommon passing mistake by German midfielder Toni Kroos near midfield.

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9:50 p.m.

Defending champion Germany trails Sweden 1-0 at halftime and faces the prospect of being eliminated from the World Cup.

Germany needs at least a draw to stay in contention in Group F after opening with a loss to Mexico.

Germany controlled possession in Sochi but Sweden threatened on counterattacks from the start. 

The Swedes finally capitalized on a fast-break with a goal by Ola Toivonen in the 32nd minute. He controlled the ball with his chest inside the area before sending it over Manuel Neuer as the German goalkeeper charged from the net. 

The Swedes had complained of a penalty on Marcus Berg after he appeared to be clipped by Jerome Boateng inside the area just before getting a shot on goal.

Sweden will qualify along with Mexico if it can hold on for victoty at Fisht Stadium.

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9:35 p.m.

Sweden has finally capitalized on its counterattacks against Germany, with Ola Toivonen opening the scoring in the 32nd minute in Sochi.

Toivonen controlled the ball with his chest inside the area before sending it over Manuel Neuer as the goalkeeper charged from the net.

Defending champion Germany is under pressure after losing its opening match to Mexico.

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9:10 p.m.

Mesut Ozil has been dropped from Germany's starting lineup at a major international championship for the first time in his senior career.

Ozil started every game in the World Cup in 2010 and was one of the stars of Germany's winning squad in Brazil four years ago.

The 29-year-old playmaker was dropped for the crucial game against Sweden after Germany's upset loss to Mexico in the opening game.

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8:27 p.m.

The traditional Argentina tea 'mate' is rivalling good old English tea for popularity among England's World Cup squad.

England coach Gareth Southgate says a number of his players are partaking in a cup of mate (mah-TAY) in Russia, most of them the Tottenham players who play under Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Mate, a kind of herbal tea often shared from a common container, is especially popular in Argentina and Uruguay. Both of those teams have shown their fondness for the drink at the World Cup.

Uruguay's team reportedly requested permission from Russian authorities to bring 400 pounds (180 kilograms) of mate to the World Cup. Argentina backroom staffers have been spotted drinking from a cup of mate at the World Cup.

It has taken hold among the English, too, and there's now a popularity battle between mate and England's finest brew.

Southgate says "I know some of the guys have been drinking it (mate) ... but we also have a lot of Yorkshire tea drinkers in our squad. We're English, so we're obviously big tea drinkers."

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7:53 p.m.

Mexico has beaten South Korea 2-1 to take the lead in Group F and move into a strong position to advance to the knockout stage.

Carlos Vela scored from the penalty spot in 26th minute and Javier Hernandez doubled the lead when he scored in the 66th, his 50th goal for Mexico.

Son Heung-min got a concession for the Koreans in injury time, firing a powerful shot past Guillermo Ochoa.

It was second victory for Mexico, following its upset over defending champion Germany, and a second defeat for South Korea.

Germany faces Sweden in the group's other game later Saturday in Sochi.

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7:31 p.m.

Mexico has made it 2-0 in the 66th minute against South Korea after Hirving Lozano sprinted forward and found Javier Hernandez, who skipped past defenders and hit the ball low past goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo.

It's the 50th career international goal for Hernandez, known as "Chicharito."

The goal came somewhat against the run of play as South Korea had been pressuring the Mexican end looking for an equalizer.

Carlos Vela's penalty kick put Mexico up in the first half.

— Associated Press writer Derek Gatopoulos reported from Rostov-on-Don.

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7:10 p.m.

The England team has asked for clarity from FIFA over the application of video replays at the World Cup after concerns about penalty decisions in its victory over Tunisia.

England relied on Harry Kane's stoppage time goal to beat Tunisia 2-1 in its opening game. With the score locked at 1-1 after Tunisia equalized from a penalty, Kane was twice wrestled to the ground but was not awarded a spot kick.

It was unclear how the Video Assistant Referee system, being used for the first time at a World Cup, was used to assess whether fouls were committed. English Football Association technical director Dan Ashworth exchanged emails with FIFA head of refereeing Massimo Busacca on the issue.

England coach Gareth Southgate says "we are very comfortable with the responses we have had."

Southgate says "there's always this element of which bits are going to be referred and which bits aren't which seems to be open to interpretation, but it really isn't something we can control."

England plays Panama on Sunday and Southgate says "It's a bit of a different dynamic for everybody, but we have to abide by all the decisions that are given."

— AP Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris reported from Nizhny Novgorod.

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6:52 p.m.

Mexico is in nearly complete control over South Korea at halftime at the World Cup despite just a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Carlos Vela penalty kick.

The forward scored from the spot in the 26th minute after defender Jang Hyun-soo handled the ball while sliding to block an Andres Guardado cross.

The South Koreans managed successive counterattacks by targeting striker Son Heung-min but caused few problems for Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

Mexico upset Germany to start the tournament and would be in strong position to advance with another win. South Korea lost its opening match.

— Associated Press writer Derek Gatopoulos reported from Rostov-on-Don.

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6:41 p.m.

Brazil says Douglas Costa and Danilo have been ruled out of the team's decisive match against Serbia on Wednesday.

Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Saturday that Costa has a right thigh injury and Danilo is nursing a right hip problem. Danilo had already missed the match against Costa Rica on Friday.

Neither will travel with the rest of the squad for the match against Serbia in Moscow. They will remain at the team's base in Sochi for treatment.

Lasmar said Costa's injury, sustained against Costa Rica, was a bit more serious, although he did not mention a timetable for his recovery.

— AP Sports Writer Tales Azzoni reported from Sochi.

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6:33 p.m.

Carlos Vela has converted a penalty kick to put Mexico up a goal on South Korea in the 26th minute in Rostov-on-Don.

The referee awarded the penalty after a sliding Jang Hyun-soo handled the ball while trying to stop a cross from Andres Guardado on the left side. Goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo stalled for time to freeze Vela but the forward coolly knocked it into the right side of the goal as the 'keeper went left.

Miguel Layun nearly doubled the lead moments later but his 20-yard drive went over the bar.

Mexico upset Germany to start the tournament and would be in strong position to advance with another win.

— Associated Press writer Derek Gatopoulos reported from Rostov-on-Don.

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5:20 p.m.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Orosio has made only one change to his lineup for the World Cup game against South Korea, keeping faith with players who combined to beat Germany in their Group F opener. Defender Edson Alvarez replaced Hugo Ayala at the back.

South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong stuck to his attacking line up but shook up his midfield with Ju Se-jong and Moon Seon-min coming in for Park Joo-ho and Koo Ja-cheol, as the 2002 semifinalists seek to recover from their opening 1-0 loss to Sweden.

Lineups:

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Carlos Salcedo, Carlos Vela, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo, Hector Herrera, Andres Guadrado, Miguel Layun, Edson Alvarez, Hirving Lozano, Javier Hernandez.

South Korea: Jo Hyeon-woo, Lee Yong, Son Heung-min, Ju Se-jong, Hwang Hee-chan, Kim Min-woo, Ki Sung-yueng, Kim Young-gwon, Jang Hyun-soo, Lee Jae-sung, Moon Seo-min.

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4:56 p.m.

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard have each scored twice as Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2 in the highest scoring game of the World Cup so far.

The Belgians, who rested both star forwards in the second half for tougher tests ahead, lead Group G with two wins and a for-and-against record of 8-2

Belgium had a two-goal lead within 16 minutes after Hazard scored from the penalty spot and Lukaku angled a low, left-foot shot into the corner of Tunisia's goal.

The North Africans cut the lead through defender Dylan Bronn's 18th minute header, but Belgium settled the game with goals either side of half time.

Lukaku clipped a right-foot shot over advancing goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha to match Cristiano Ronaldo on four goals as the tournament's leading scorer.

Hazard ran on to a long pass in the 51st, flicked the ball around Ben Mustapha and shot into an empty net. Substitute Michy Batshuayi made it a rout in stoppage time, and failed with three other good scoring chances.

Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri got his team's second with almost the last kick.

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4:45 p.m.

Amid Panama's joy at playing at its first World Cup, the team also carries with it desperate pain and sorrow over the death of teammate Amilcar Henriquez.

Henriquez, who played for Panama in qualifying, was killed last year in a drive-by shooting in his home town of Colon.

Panama coach Hernan Gomez says the players still talk about their slain teammate, who was "a leader within our team."

He says talking about Henriquez and remembering him "helps to bring us together."

Gomez compared Henriquez's story with that of Colombia defender Andres Escobar, who was shot to death days after his team was eliminated from the 1994 World Cup.

Henriquez, who was 33, was killed by unknown assailants while playing a game of dominoes with friends. One other person was killed in the shooting. The crime has not been solved.

Gomez says the Panama team still feels the pain of Henriquez's killing "in our hearts and souls."

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4:33 p.m.

Prior to the World Cup, Japan coach Akira Nishino said it would take a miracle of sorts for his team to beat Columbia.

Yet even after Japan's surprise 2-1 victory over the Columbians, it is again the underdog as it prepares for a pivotal matchup with Senegal.

That doesn't mean Nishino is fearful of a team he says is physically superior.

"Senegal has some superstars," Nishino said Saturday. "But as a team we're going to deal with them and cope with them."

The teams have met three times in their history, all in friendlies, but haven't played in 15 years.

One of the biggest challenges for Japan will be trying to contain Liverpool winger Sadio Mane. Nishino said that may require some creativity, and numbers.

"It may not be 1-on-1," the coach said. "It may be 3-on-1."

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4:20 p.m.

The cabin of a plane carrying Peruvian soccer fans at the World Cup filled with smoke as the aircraft prepared for landing in a Siberian city.

The Interfax news agency says the incident occurred as the plane was coming in to land in Tyumen. The flight originated in Yekaterinburg and the Peru fans were to transfer in Tyumen to a flight to Moscow, the report said.

The plane, a twin-turboprop ATR-72 flown by the UTAir airline, landed safely, the agency said. Citing national aviation agency Rosaviatsiya, the report said the smoke came from overheated oil in one of the plane's engines.

There was no fire and no injuries were reported. Peru lost 1-0 to France at Yekaterinburg, ending its chances of progressing to the knockout stage

The Saudi World Cup squad had a similar experience flying between St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don earlier in the week.

Russia's federal agency for air traffic said an engine burst into flames during landing on the Airbus airplane, but no emergency procedures were required.

The aircraft landed with both of its engines working and the passengers disembarked normally, the agency's statement said.

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4:10 p.m.

Not even the World Cup can interfere with nap time in Spain.

Spain midfielder Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion says he and his teammates are not being able to watch all matches in Russia because some are at the same time of the "siesta," the country's traditional afternoon nap time.

He told El Pais newspaper the early afternoon games are coinciding with the siesta and the ones after that are usually conflicting with the team's practice sessions, so players can only watch the night matches during dinner time.

Spain's game against Morocco on Monday will be at night, as were its first two games in the group stage — a 3-3 draw against Portugal and a 1-0 win over Iran.

Spain and Portugal lead Group B with four points. Iran is third with three points, while Morocco has already been eliminated after two losses.

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3:49 p.m.

Romelu Lukaku scored just before halftime to give Belgium a 3-1 lead over Tunisia and equal Cristiano Ronaldo's tally of four goals so far at the World Cup.

Thomas Meunier played the ball through the defense for Lukaku to beat the offside trap and flick the ball over goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha.

Earlier, Eden Hazard opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Lukaku made it 2-0 for Belgium. Tunisia cut the deficit when Dylan Bronn headed in from a free-kick.

Bronn soon went off injured and was later joined on the sidelines by Tunisia defender Syam Ben Youssef.

Lukaku also scored two goals in Belgium's opening 3-0 win over Panama. Ronaldo has scored four goals in Portugal's first two games.

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3:25 p.m.

Belgium's quick goal from the penalty spot against Tunisia ensured there were no 0-0 draws in the first 27 matches of a World Cup for the first time. There were no 0-0 draws in the 1954 tournament, which included 16 teams and a total of 26 games.

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3:18 p.m.

Belgium leads Tunisia 2-1 after goals in quick succession at opposite ends of the field.

Romelu Lukaku gave Belgium a 2-0 lead with a low shot in the 16th minute after a pass from Dries Mertens when Tunisia's Ali Maaloul lost the ball on the halfway line.

Tunisia responded two minutes later when Dylan Bronn headed the ball past Thibaut Courtois at a free-kick.

That gives Tunisia some reprieve as it must avoid defeat to retain any hope of qualifying for the knockout stages.

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3:06 p.m.

Eden Hazard has given Belgium a 1-0 lead over Tunisia with a penalty in the 6th minute of the World Cup Group G match.

Hazard hit the ball low and left past Tunisia goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha to give Belgium the lead.

Hazard won the penalty when he was brought down by Tunisia's Syam Ben Youssef on the edge of the area.

If Belgium beats Tunisia it will be almost certainly assured of a place in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

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1:15 p.m.

It wouldn't be the World Cup without some emotion from Brazil.

Thiago Silva is upset with his teammate Neymar for shouting at him during Friday's tense 2-0 win over Costa Rica.

Neymar apparently was angry with Silva for giving the ball back to Costa Rica late in the game with the score locked at 0-0, because the star striker considered Costa Rica to be time wasting.

In comments reported by globo.com, Silva says he has always tried to treat Neymar as a younger brother but, "When I gave the ball back (to Costa Rica) he insulted me. Theoretically he was right, because they stalled a lot."

Silva, who was captain for the game under coach Tite's captaincy rotation policy, added "I was very sad about that insult."

Neymar scored Brazil's second goal in the seventh minute of injury time, his first of the tournament and 56th overall for Brazil.

Brazil is level with Switzerland on four points in Group E and next plays Serbia.

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1:10 p.m.

Dele Alli has returned to practice with the England squad but carried out individual drills away from the main group, keeping him in doubt for the World Cup match against Panama.

The midfielder hurt his thigh in England's 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday and didn't practice with the group for four days.

Alli participated in warm-up routines on Saturday and later worked alone on his fitness.

England coach Gareth Southgate has said Alli is unlikely to feature against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday.