Sweden dominates Mexico 3-0, but both head to knockout round

Mexico goal is to win group not just qualify for next round

Mexico need a draw against Sweden to guarantee top spot in a dramatic group, though they will face the Scandinavian side with a strong XI to get the job done effectively.

Sweden didn't want to focus on getting revenge by helping eliminate Germany, which got some favorable calls in a tense 2-1 victory over the Swedes on Saturday night.

Beer rained down when news filtered through that Germany, incredibly, were exiting the tournament, and Mexico progressed behind Sweden despite losing. "I think we deserved to win the group, and Mexico deserved to be second".

Aiming to end a run of six successive group stage eliminations, Mexico began their campaign in Russian Federation impressively by out-thinking world champions Germany in a 1-0 win and then beating South Korea 2-1.

After the match, a delighted Andersson said: "We worked as a team".

Sweden only made it to Russian Federation by beating Italy in the play-offs, but were worthy winners at the Yekaterinburg Arena, condemning Mexico's large following to a nervy ending as they became reliant on South Korea in Kazan.

Andersson added: "I was very angry, but that was then and this is now".

Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from close range five minutes into the second half, and captain Andreas Granqvist converted on penalty kick to help Sweden take control Wednesday and win Group F.

"You play the game and then wish everyone the best for the next one".




Interestingly, Osorio admitted afterwards that he had gone against his instincts with his team selection, as he usually fields a three-man defence against sides who play like Sweden.

Pitana was told to take another look at it by the video referee but, despite replays showing the ball hitting Hernandez's arm, he waved away Sweden's protests.

They had to wait until the second half for the breakthrough after being denied a penalty before the interval after Javier Hernandez handled.

The Swedes stormed home in the second half with three goals.

Andersson had been infuriated by the celebrations of some of Germany's bench when Toni Kroos scored an injury-time victor last weekend to beat the Swedes 2-1.

Before Toni Kroos' 95th-minute goal, they had performed much in the same way as they did here.

There was more drama on the hour, as Hector Moreno brought down Marcus Berg in the box and skipper Granqvist held his nerve in front of the massed ranks of Mexicans to bury his penalty.

Carlos Salcedo is expected to start in central defence with Edson Alvarez at right-back, while veteran Rafael Marquez will take up residence on the bench.

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