Swedes punish Mexico but both go through without Germany

Swedes punish Mexico but both go through without Germany

A tremendous second half rally from Sweden saw the team record a 3-0 win courtesy of goals from Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist from the penalty spot, and then an own goal from Edson Alvarez to seal a shock victory against perhaps the strongest team in the group.

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The South Koreans, after two defeats, would have to beat Germany by more than two goals while hoping Sweden lose to Mexico to have any chance of advancing.

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

There was more drama on the hour, as Hector Moreno brought down Marcus Berg in the box and skipper Granqvist held his nerve in front of the massed ranks of Mexicans to bury his penalty.

He said those already playing in Europe - including Hernandez and winger Hirving Lozano - were showing great form at the World Cup.

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Of the half-dozen winners of the trophy since 1970, Germany have gone home, while Italy, of course, never even qualified. Germany's failure to make it to the 1/8 finals became the main sensation of the group stage of the tournament.

Mexico are unchanged for Wednesday's Group F match against Sweden at the World Cup, the first time in 50 games that Juan Carlos Osorio has kept the same XI.

Andersson said that set-pieces could play an important role for Sweden on Wednesday. "We have everything to gain and we are mentally strong ahead of the match", Andersson told a news conference. "We showed that we were able to play against the defending champions all the way with the exception of the final few minutes". "We don't need to look at who's not there, we need to look at who will be able to play". During the second half, Mexico potentially beat themselves.

Sweden sits third in the group, level on three points and with the same goal difference of zero as Germany, leaving Sebastian Larsson and his teammates to make a simple calculation.

At the interval, with the game also goalless in Kazan, Mexico and Germany were going through. Mexico has lost in the round of 16 for the past six World Cups in a row. However, that's not how they've won the past two matches against Germany and South Korea, so it would be surprising to see the change now.

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. 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.

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

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