Germany knocked out as Mexico and Sweden qualify for the knockouts

30 June, 2018, 19:38 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Andreas Granqvist will have to rally his troops on Wednesday

With victories over defending champion Germany and South Korea, Mexico has a chance to win its group with a flawless record for the first time in its World Cup history.

The Swedes started the day in third place in Group F, but Ludwig Augustinsson's volley (50), Andreas Granqvist's penalty (62) and Edson Alvarez's calamitous own goal (74) saw them leap to the top spot with a tremendous display in Yekaterinburg.

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Sweden wins Group F and will face Switzerland in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

Mexico survived a nail-biting scare to advance to the World Cup's round of 16 as defender champion Germany was stunningly dumped out of the tournament on Wednesday.

Buoyed by their last-gasp 2-1 victory over Sweden on Saturday, the Germans needed the three points for their qualification hopes to be secure, however, a much-changed side from Saturday failed to break down the South Korean resistance, while the Swedes, courtesy of an emphatic 3-0 victory over Mexico, progressed at the champions' cost.

"I'm so incredibly proud, nearly moved at the thought of how we performed on the pitch, so disciplined".

Mexico were wobbling, and they conceded a penalty in the 61st minute when Hector Moreno brought Berg to the deck.

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Sweden, who at half-time were heading home from Russian Federation, scored three times in the second half to top Group F with a deserved win.

Some of the Mexican fans applauded Sweden afterwards, admission that Andersson's men had taught their side a lesson, albeit one that Osorio has little time for.

And there are still 20 more matches to be played.

"A few days ago we lost in the last minute and we were very disappointed, and now we come back and beat Mexico", Augustinsson said. A 2-1 win against South Korea in their next match strengthened their position at the top of the group. The riveting game culminated with an injury-time penalty from Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz that hit the crossbar and went in off Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer's head.

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.

"We just need to move on", Ochoa said.

As the runner-up, Mexico meets Brazil on Monday in Samara.

Mexico's Javier Hernandez strikes a shot.

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.

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