Swedes punish Mexico but both go through without Germany

28 June, 2018, 05:18 | Author: Donna Miller
  • Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist attends a press conference following a training session of the team at the Ekaterimburg Arena in Russia

Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist, with a penalty, put Sweden in control before Edson Alvarez's own goal saw the Scandinavians make certain of their place in the second round.

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

The referee eventually went to a review after getting a call from the VAR officials sat in their booth in Moscow.

Mexico came into the game at the Yekaterinburg Arena in the driving seat in a group where all four teams, including South Korea, could qualify, but they appeared the more nervous.

Sweden held on to claim maximum points as they top the group and could possibly avoid Brazil in the semi finals.

Sweden's midfielder Emil Forsberg and Sweden's forward Ola Toivonen celebrate after the final whistle of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Mexico and Sweden at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 27, 2018. Claesson's mis-hit shot spun up and fell kindly for Augustinsson, who fired across Ochoa into the left corner of the net.

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For Granqvist it was his second goal from the spot in the tournament, after he also scored on a penalty kick against South Korea. If we've learned anything over the past two weeks, it's that anything can happen at this World Cup.

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.

The Mexicans were a shadow of the team that had beaten Germany and South Korea and had pundits speaking of them as potential world champions.

Sweden opened the scoring five minutes after the break thanks to Augustinsson's first global goal.

It was the second time in Germany's storied World Cup history that it had failed to progress from the group stage. Mexico's Lozano Hirving was about a foot outside the left post on his strike from about 20 yards away.

Neither Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio nor Sweden coach Janne Andersson made changes to their lineups.

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