World Cup match report Mexico v Sweden 27 June 2018


Sweden have qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup after defeating Mexico 3-0 in Ekaterinburg to finish top in Group F. Mexico have also qualified after Germany were surprisingly beaten by South Korea.

The handsome win for Sweden means they now face Group E's runners-up, while Mexico face that group's winners.

Coach Osorio keeps faith with the same team that beat South Korea 2-1 to place one foot in the knockout rounds.

Edson Alvarez's own goal, and strikes from Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist gave Sweden victory.

As Sweden's lead grew, Mexican fans paid more attention to the other game, rooting against Germany, which could have passed Mexico with a victory depending on tiebreakers. After South Korea's first goal, they let up a loud cheer and tossed drinks in the air as their chances of advancing improved.

With barely five minutes of the second half played, Augustinsson opened the scoring when Viktor Claesson scuffed his shot to provide an unintentional assist. "Right now the most important thing is to see the next opponent we're against, who definitely is going to be a different opponent than how Sweden plays, but this game and this way to compete against this style in particular I think always teaches me and has given me a lot of lessons".

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But without an improvement on this performance they risk falling once again in the last 16, the same stage where they have been knocked out in the last six World Cups.

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.

Berg was just wide in the 12th minute.

When Sweden did push forward, Hernandez was accused of handling in the area, but protests were waved away by the referee, cue apoplectic reactions from Sweden coach Janne Andersson and talisman Sebastien Larsson.

Sweden badly needed a goal and five minutes after half-time they deservedly got it, defender Augustinsson popping up from left-back to volley in. The Swedes stayed crisp in their exchanges and it helped them find seams in El Tri's defence.

Mexico will lament its missed chances early as well.