Mexico and Sweden teams unchanged for Group F decider

Elena Summers
June 30, 2018

World champions Germany lost 2-0 to South Korea with goals in the final minute and crash out in the group stages for the first time since 1938.

Augustinsson struck in the 50th minute and Granqvist smashed home a penalty seven minutes later after Hector Moreno fouled Marcus Berg. The result, combined with South Korea's 2-0 upset of the Germans, meant Sweden and Mexico - the group runner-up - advanced.

Mexico's defender Jesus Gallardo is shown a yellow card by Argentine referee Hernan Maidana during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Mexico and Sweden at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 27, 2018.

As Sweden's lead grew, Mexican fans paid more attention to the other game, frantically checking their phones for scoring updates from Germany's game.

Mexico's supporter gestures during the group F match between Mexico and Sweden, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Captain Andreas Granqvist made no mistake from the spot.

Sweden have moved on from the off-field issues that dominated the headlines after their defeat by Germany and are determined to beat Mexico for a place in the last 16, coach Janne Andersson said on Tuesday.

The Serbs almost scored in the 61st when Brazil goalkeeper Alisson pushed the ball into the path of forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, whose shot bounced off the keeper and was bound for goal before being cleared by Silva.

El Tri were struggling to deal with set-pieces from the Scandinavians as Edson Alvarez netted an own goal in the 73rd minute to hand Sweden a third goal.

Mexico entered the match as favourites to win but it was Sweden that flourished in the game.

As Mexico pushed for a goal their defence were caught napping as the Sweden broke lose on the counter attack. "This is the World Cup".

"Yes, we definitely need a miracle".

A draw will see them make sure of a berth in the next round and cement their status as group winners.

Sweden also had a first-half penalty claim for a handball by Javier Hernandez that was denied despite going to a VAR review, but in the end it mattered little after three second-half goals.

At the same time, Mexico midfielder Jesus Gallardo picked up the fastest yellow card in the history of World Cup.

Mexico will lament its missed chances early as well. Costly mistakes enlarged the score, and at the 90th minute, Sweden walked away with a 3-0 victory.

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