In pictures, World Cup highlights (Day 9): More embarrassments for Arabs, dramatic win for Germany

Ahram Online recounts the highlights of World Cup action on Saturday

Saturday 23 Jun 2018,
Tunisia's Anice Badri (L) , Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos(M) and Mexico's forward Javier Hernandez(R)

Tunisia compound Arab misery

Tunisia are virtually out of the World Cup after suffering a humiliating 5-2 defeat by a vibrant Belgium side in their second Group G game, compounding the misery of Arab teams who tasted eight losses between them and have all exited the tournament. Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul said: "We did not disappoint the Arab world, we did not give up on our Arab fans. We have common problems, I don't think we have high quality performance, we need to change our lifestyle because it is not in line with high-level football, we need to change the way we train."

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group G - Belgium vs Tunisia - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 23, 2018 Tunisia's Saif-Eddine Khaoui reacts REUTERS

Dramatic win for Germany

Germany looked close to suffering a shock first-round exit when they trailed to a first-half goal from Ola Toivonen against Sweden but they roared back with a remarkable second-half display, leveling the score through Marco Reus before Toni Kroos snatched a dramatic win with a sublime shot from an impossible angle to put the defending champions in a strong position to reach the last 16.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Sweden - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 23, 2018 Germany's Toni Kroos celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS

Record number of penalties?

A new record of the number of penalties awarded at a World Cup could be set at the Russia finals. Carlos Vela's penalty in Mexico's match with South Korea on Saturday was the 14th of the tournament in the first 28 games, meaning there has now been a penalty once every two games. In Brazil four years ago, there were only 13 penalties in the entire tournament. The World Cup record, set in 2002, stands at 18.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - South Korea vs Mexico - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 23, 2018 Mexico's Carlos Vela scores their first goal from a penalty REUTERS

Hernandez equals Mexican record

Javier Hernandez became Mexico's joint all-time leading scorer at the World Cup, having netted his fourth goal in the football's global showpiece tournament in a 2-1 victory over South Korea, going on level with former striker Luis Hernandez. It was also his 50th goal for Mexico.

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - South Korea vs Mexico - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 23, 2018 Mexico's Javier Hernandez scores their second goal REUTERS

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