Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Russian Federation 2018, Group F: Mexico vs Sweden match highlights

Russian Federation 2018, Group F: Mexico vs Sweden match highlights

Mexico has been to the round of 16 for seven straight World Cups. Germany became the fourth defending champions in five years to crash out of a world cup in group stages.

The Swedes doubled their lead when Marcus Berg was fouled in the penalty area by Héctor Moreno and Granqvist calmly slotted in his second penalty of the tournament.

With Sweden having topped the group, Mexico will now face Brazil in a mouthwatering second round match-up.

Mexico's Hector Herrera and Jesus Gallardo during the warm up ahead of the clash against Sweden, June 27, 2018. Both games were played at the same time to avoid any advantages to any of the qualifying teams.

Social media quickly filled up with memes and posts praising South Korea for its victory and thanking the team for helping secure Mexico's passage through to the next round of the World Cup.

Sweden will now play the second-placed side in Group E - currently Switzerland - in St Petersburg on Tuesday afternoon.


If Germany and Sweden's margin of victory is two or more goals, that would send Mexico home. His second penalty of the tournament went to the top left-hand corner. Today I made a decision to play four and we didn't succeed in our penetration in the last third - and we allowed them to score three goals which I think is too many.

It culminated with Alvarez's own goal, which occurred when he was trying to prevent Ola Toivonen from connecting with the ball, sending it past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. "We don't need to look at who's not there, we need to look at who will be able to play". Find us on Facebook too! Wide shots by both teams kept the score 0-0 through the first half.

Vela somehow missed a header from two yards out in the closing stages as Mexico finished strongly.

There were no lingering effects of the embittering late 2-1 loss suffered to Germany last time out as Sweden went for the jugular from the off, though they were denied a penalty for a blatant handball by Javier Hernandez despite referee Nestor Pitana reviewing video footage. A deserved 1-0 victory over Germany was followed by a 2-1 win against the Koreans to put them in control of the group, but they still need a point to make absolutely sure of reaching the knockout rounds.

Moments later Sweden had yet another chance in a breathless first half with Forsberg firing over from a great position in the box as another high cross into the box caused havoc. "For many who are aware of Mexico's history they say this is perhaps the best generation of Mexican footballers".

Sweden didn't panic despite missing early chances to score.

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