Sweden reach last 16 with win over Mexico

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Though Mexico have a ideal record, a defeat combined with a Germany win over Korea Republic could see El Tri suffer the rare fate of elimination, despite winning two group matches.

Mexico is in a commanding position at the top of Group F, although Germany's dramatic late victor in a 2-1 victory over Sweden means, should results go against them on the final matchday, El Tri could yet fail to progress.

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Sweden will meet the second placed team from Group E, to be decided later on Wednesday.

YEKATERINBURG, June 27 ― Mexico and Sweden named unchanged teams for today's Group F match in Yekaterinburg, which the Scandinavians probably need to win in order to make the last 16.


An unfortunate own-goal from Edson Alvarez on 74 minutes sealed the win for Andersson's side to end above Mexico as group winners - as Germany lost 2-0 to South Korea.

Soon after the hour mark, Sweden defender and captain Andreas Granqvist doubled their lead from the spot to fire in his second penalty of the World Cup.

The previous record for a booking in a World Cup match was set at the 1986 World Cup when Uruguay defender Jose Alberto Batista picked up a red card playing against host nation Mexico after just 54 seconds.

Some of the Mexican fans applauded Sweden afterwards, admission that Andersson's men had taught their side a lesson, albeit one that Osorio has little time for.

"We want the players to recover mentally and physically (from this match). We showed that we were able to play against the defending champions all the way with the exception of the final few minutes". The defensive midfielder let the ball bounce in front of him near the penalty spot and kicked his right leg in the air to tap it over the goalkeeper's fingertips.


Fabian went close with a shot from distance which deflected just over, but then Mexico imploded as Alvarez bundled the ball into his own net to make it 3-0 to Sweden. Mexico has been to the round of 16 for seven straight World Cups.

As Sweden's lead grew, Mexican fans paid more attention to the other game, rooting against Germany, which could have passed Mexico with a victory depending on tiebreakers.

"Yes, we definitely need a miracle".

Star striker Javier Hernandez became the first to score 50 goals in a Mexican jersey when he struck against South Korea - his 104th worldwide appearance. They were still in position to advance despite trailing Sweden, but they were waiting - some with tears in their eyes - for Germany to do the inevitable and ruin their chances of moving on. Mexico will play winners of that group in Samara on Monday afternoon. Costly mistakes enlarged the score, and at the 90th minute, Sweden walked away with a 3-0 victory.


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