Sweden seeks win over Mexico with off-field issues behind them

Sweden seeks win over Mexico with off-field issues behind them

Sweden seeks win over Mexico with off-field issues behind them

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.

Sweden sprang a surprise with a 3-0 thumping of Mexico, breaking their opponents' resistance after a scoreless first half and guaranteeing that both teams advance to the World Cup last 16 at the expense of defending champions Germany.

Mexico and Sweden head into the final Group F matchday in Ekaterinburg with all on the line.

If Mexico beats Sweden on Wednesday it would win its group with a ideal record, something it has never achieved in its long World Cup history.

Despite the loss, because South Korea beat Germany 2-0, Mexico also advances as runner-up in the group.

"I'm so incredibly proud, moved nearly, by the thought of how we performed in the match".

The Scandinavians were awarded a penalty after Hector Moreno fouled Marcus Bergin in the box.

- 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. Sweden topped the group on goal difference. "We knew that we were going to play for first place against Sweden. We don't want to stir things up too much".

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The decisive match started with a breathtaking tempo, as both sides demonstrated aggressiveness and determination from the very beginning, and Jesus Gallardo was booked by the referee within the first minute.

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

In the end, Mexico could not get on the scoresheet to add to their goal tally, with the game finish 3-0 although they did finish after Germany had lost 2-0 to Korea Republic. Mexico's Lozano Hirving was about a foot outside the left post on his strike from about 20 yards away.

KAZAN, Russia - Everyone was waiting for Germany to score another late World Cup-saving goal.

However, the 55-year-old coach is not taking Mexico lightly, with "El Tri" having already beaten Germany and South Korea.

If Germany and Sweden's margin of victory is two or more goals, that would send Mexico home. His status for Monday's Round of 16 match with Mexico is unclear.

Alvarez completed Mexico's poor day on the pitch with a calamitous own goal but they survived in Russian Federation thanks to South Korea's win over Germany. And there is a strong belief within the team that they can beat Mexico.

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