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

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

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

Sweden coach Janne Andersson said that he took no satisfaction from seeing Germany crash out of the World Cup on Wednesday, as his side surged through top of group F in a thrilling and nail-biting finale.

Mexico players thought they had missed out on the knockout stages.

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

Soon after, Alvarez sent the ball into his own net as Sweden ended up usurping Mexico's top spot in Group F. Both games were played at the same time to avoid any advantages to any of the qualifying teams. "The insane thing is I really had this feeling that I would score at the World Cup", Augustinsson told reporters.

For Mexico, the lackluster performance in Yekaterinburg marked a reality check. Given Sweden's victory, a win by one goal would have been sufficient for Germany.

El Tri's faithful could be seen frantically checking their phones for scoring updates from Germany's game soon after Sweden's second goal.

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.

Sweden started off the second half on a brighter note as they shot themselves into the lead in the five minutes after the restart.

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Granqvist stepped up to slam home the penalty kick and put Sweden on the brink of reaching the lat 16.

Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored a goal each to give the five-time champions a 2-0 victory over Serbia and first place in their group. "However and nevertheless, I am very hurt", said coach Juan Carlos Osorio. "This is the World Cup".

Son Heung-min made it 2-0 in the sixth minute of stoppage time after Neuer came up the field to help his teammates outside the South Korea box.

Alvarez's own goal was the seventh overall of the tournament, the most in World Cup history, breaking the record of six set in 1998.

It took them less than 30 seconds to make their mark on Sweden, Jesus Gallardo earning a yellow card for clattering into Ola Toivonen nearly straight from kick-off. Mexico's Lozano Hirving was about a foot outside the left post on his strike from about 20 yards away.

The impressive Guillermo Ochoa kept Emil Forsberg and Marcus Berg out in the opening period, but Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed a deserved opener through the Mexico goalkeeper in the 50th minute.

Sweden had penalty claims turned down after referee Nestor Pitana referred to VAR when the ball struck Javier Hernandez high on the arm after half an hour. Once again the players have been highlighting the importance and value of the strong unity within the group.

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