World Cup match report Mexico v Sweden 27 June 2018

30 June, 2018, 19:42 | Author: Amy Huff
  • An understated yet important presence for Mexico

Yekaterinburg - Sweden coach Janne Andersson was left "incredibly proud and nearly moved" by his team's 3-0 demolition of Mexico to qualify for the Soccer World Cup last 16 on Wednesday.

Sweden then went 2-0 up and their goal came from the penalty spot as Hector Moreno's clumsy challenge on Berg was penalized.

- Mexico has never won three consecutive matches at the World Cup and could become the first CONCACAF team to achieve the feat in World Cup history.

Brazil hasn't quite been the unstoppable behemoth you may have expected in Russian Federation thus far, settling for a 1-1 draw with Switzerland before an expected victory over Costa Rica and a solid performance against Serbia.

Captain Andreas Granqvist puts the ball beyond the reach of Guillermo Ochoa to double the advantage for his side.

PSV Eindhoven's Hirving Lozano has lit up the World Cup, providing the finish to Mexico's incredible counter-attack opening goal in their shock win over Germany.

Mexico survived a nail-biting scare to advance to the World Cup's round of 16 as defender champion Germany was stunningly dumped out of the tournament on Wednesday.

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.

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Sweden will next take on the runners-up of Group E and Mexico will play the Group E winners.

Their day got even worse when Isaac Thelin flicked Viktor Claesson's throw into the path of the unfortunate Alvarez who steered the ball past his own goalkeeper from a yard out, meaning one Germany goal would eliminate Mexico.

"We hadn't done any sort of mathematical calculations", Ochoa said at a news conference.

The Swedes went through to the knockout rounds as the unlikely winners of Group F, taking the beaten Mexicans with them.

The game had a historic start with Jesus Gallardo collecting the fastest booking since World Cup records began, pulled up after just 13 seconds for a foul on Ola Toivonen.

The referee did not call for a VAR review despite Mexican protests.

Sweden didn't panic despite missing early chances to score. The Swedes stayed crisp in their exchanges on offense and it helped them find seams in El Tri's defense. 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.

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