Sweden beat Mexico to top Group F

Germany's Toni Kroos scores against Sweden

This Toni Kroos goal broke Swedish hearts

After a 1-0 win over South Korea and a 2-1 defeat to Germany, Sweden was fighting for a last 16 spot in their final group match at the Ekaterinburg Arena.

Ludwig Augustinsson's strike, Andreas Granqvist's penalty and Edson Alvarez's clumsy own goal gave Sweden a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Mexico. They are the story of the World Cup thus far and want their story to continue well into the knockout stage.

Mexico's Hector Herrera and Jesus Gallardo during the warm up ahead of the clash against Sweden, June 27, 2018.

The final game for both teams in Group F is a match in which both teams can progress into the next round.

The Swedes rolled to a 3-0 rout Wednesday, never challenged in the second half, overtaking Mexico to win Group F just four nights after a gut-wrenching last-minute loss to Germany.

The only way Mexico doesn't advance is if they lose and Germany wins to force a three-way tie at 6 points.


Coach Osorio brushed off a suggestion that some of his players risked being distracted by rumours that their showing in Russian Federation could prompt buying interest from European clubs.

Once Sweden took the lead, Mexican fans paid more attention to the other game, rooting against Germany, which could have passed Mexico with a victory.

At the interval, with the game also goalless in Kazan, Mexico and Germany were going through.

Mexico were pushing for a goal to improve their goal difference in the closing stages, but they were unable to carve out a clear-cut chance.

But the second half belonged to Sweden, and Augustinsson found the breakthrough after just five minutes.

After watching replays on the pitchside monitor, the official decided the action was not deliberate - to the frustration of the raging Sweden manager Janne Andersson - and from the resulting corner Ochoa made a point-blank save to turn Marcus Berg's volley over the bar.


Son Heung-min made it 2-0 later in stoppage time.

And with 15 minutes remaining Swedish nerves were calmed when Álvarez, under pressure from Ola Toivonen, unluckily deflected the ball past Ochoa for a third.

His opposite number Juan Carlos Osorio said he was "very hurt" and hit out at Sweden's style of football as his side limped into the knockouts.

The next round of the World Cup is slowly falling into place.

"When we heard after the match that this had occurred, the squad was annoyed", Granqvist revealed.

MOSCOW - Despite a few nervy moments in its own end, Brazil used a few moments of brilliance to claim a victory over Serbia in Moscow, advancing to the knockout stage as the victor of Group E.


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