Mexico v Sweden 27 June 2018

Mexico v Sweden 27 June 2018

Mexico v Sweden 27 June 2018

Sweden dominated Mexico 3-0 to move on to the World Cup knockout round, and thanks to South Korea, Mexico will also advance.

After 12 minutes, the referee presented Sweden with an opportunity to double their lead after halting the play and pointing at the penalty spot after a foul by Mexico.

Janne Andersson's side reaped the rewards of a relentless attacking display to secure top spot in Group F, with Mexico following them through as runners-up after Germany's shock 2-0 defeat to South Korea.

Mexico's Edson Alvarez had an own goal in the 74th minute.

Alvarez then misplayed a cross in the six-yard box to hand Sweden a third goal, and though Mexico tried to respond, at that point they were more concerned with the result in the other match, as a Germany win would have put El Tri out of the competition.

Mexico's supporter gestures during the group F match between Mexico and Sweden, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

After Granqvist's penalty kick, Sweden took total control. - Sweden's loss to Germany was its first in the group stage of the World Cup since 1990, when it lost 2-1 to Costa Rica.

Mexico had to sweat out the final moments of the match between Germany and South Korea, as a win by Germany would have knocked out Mexico.

Sebastian Larsson had to be dragged away from berating the officials for the ensuing set-piece, from which Sweden went close when Berg had a stabbed attempt from Mikael Lustig's hooked ball tipped over by a leaping Ochoa. Today I chose to play four and we didn't succeed in our penetration in the last third - and we allowed them to score three goals which I think is too many. "This is the World Cup".

Sweden will meet the second placed team from Group E, to be decided later on Wednesday.

"We always knew we would have to fight all the way to the last game", Ochoa said. Once again the players have been highlighting the importance and value of the strong unity within the group.

It took them less than 30 seconds to make their mark on Sweden, Jesus Gallardo earning a yellow card for clattering into Ola Toivonen nearly straight from kick-off.

Needing only a draw to advance, Mexico started tentatively but somehow reached the break on level terms after surviving a Swedish aerial bombardment and a VAR review when Javier Hernandez appeared to handle the ball in his penalty area. But its aggressive style also bit them, opening up some counterstrike chances for Sweden, which it took advantage of.

Mexico will lament its missed chances early.

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