Mexico vs. Sweden - Football Match Report

An understated yet important presence for Mexico

Meanwhile, goals from Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist, along with an unfortunate own goal from Edson Alvarez gave Sweden a resounding 0-3 victory, ensuring their qualification into the group stage as table toppers.

Granqvist, who also scored from the spot against South Korea, said: "What a performance we did - it could have been 5-0 or 6-0".

Germany was shocked in its opening match in Russian Federation by losing to Mexico, and the squad needed a goal in stoppage time from Toni Kross to pull out a 2-1 victory over Sweden.

Mexico will aim to cement their place at the top of Group F while Sweden will battle for survival in what could be a tricky World Cup clash at the Ekaterinburg Arena here on Wednesday.

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

Son Heung-min made it 2-0 in the sixth minute of stoppage time after Neuer came up the field to help his teammates outside the South Korea box.

He called qualification "bittersweet" and made clear his disdain for what he perceived to be Sweden's long-ball approach.

Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa handled outside the box and then flapped at the resulting free-kick.

Sweden only made it to Russian Federation by beating Italy in the play-offs, but were worthy winners at Yekaterinburg Arena, condemning Mexico's large following to a nervy ending as they became reliant on South Korea in Kazan. Given Sweden's victory, a win by one goal would have been sufficient for Germany.

"We want the players to recover mentally and physically (from this match)".

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. "We are highly motivated, we're very, very confident", he said.

El Tri's faithful could be seen frantically checking their phones for scoring updates from Germany's game soon after Sweden's second goal.

A confident Mexico team played Sweden in the final game of the group stage. Several members of the squad, including Ochoa, were also lambasted for their presence at a farewell party attended by around 30 prostitutes. "Mentally we are very very strong and with a belief in what we do", Sweden manager Janne Andersson was quoted as saying by FIFA.com. "We need to find a middle way - to stop the opposition in the air but still play our own style".

It leaves Spain and Portugal level on five points each in first and second place, with goals scored putting the former ahead, and the latter set to face Group A winners Uruguay in the next round.

West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez became the first Mexican player to score 50 goals for his country - in 104 appearances - with his strike against South Korea.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Belgium defeat England 1-0 as stars watch from bench
Jun 30, 2018 - 00:37
It was like welcoming back an old friend, then remembering why you stopped hanging around with them, all those years ago. I'd argue Belgium's path to the final is no more hard given England likely will need to get through Colombia and Spain.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Belgium pips England to top spot in WCup Group G
Jun 29, 2018 - 14:49
But England top Group G because they have a better disciplinary record, after receiving two bookings compared to Belgium's three. They face the risky Colombia and will meet the victor of Sweden against Switzerland in the last eight if they come through.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Senegal eliminated from the World Cup due to a controversial tiebreaker rule
Jun 29, 2018 - 14:47
Japan had acquired four, Senegal six, which elevated Japan to second place in Group H and eliminated Senegal from the tournament. However, the South American nation was set to progress as group runners owing to better superior goal difference over Japan .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Serena Williams handed Wimbledon singles seeding as she targets eighth title
Jun 28, 2018 - 00:45
The tennis great said earlier this week that pregnancy should not be penalized when it comes to tournament seeding. It has now been confirmed that the seven-time Wimbledon champion, 36, will be seeded #25.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Late-night TV hosts craft comic response to Trump comments
Jun 28, 2018 - 00:35
Henry McMaster ahead of Tuesday's primary, Trump commented on the deluge of criticism coming from late night hosts. Fallon filled Colbert in on Trump's speech: "I heard he said we're all no-talent, lowlife, lost souls".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Egypt say Salah to play against Saudis in both sides' final game
Jun 26, 2018 - 01:48
Mohamed Salah put Egypt ahead after breaking through on to a long ball forward and lobbing the goalkeeper . That changed in the 41st minute when the Asian side were awarded a penalty for Ahmed Fathy's handball.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top ACC leads the way with 6 first-round draft picks
Jun 26, 2018 - 01:22
And, when he was finally selected, he admitted as much. "Nikola's going to be here for a long, long time", Connelly said. Here's a look at the 21 players the Associated Press snapped photos of at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nintendo Drops the Banhammer on Switch Pirates After Release of Modchip
Jun 25, 2018 - 01:24
A surprise Fortnite players were rudely greeted to when they tried to log into their account (tied to PS4 ) on Nintendo Switch . One side has a woman holding an Xbox One controller while the other side shows a boy holding a Nintendo Switch controller.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iran rejects plan to raise oil output within OPEC
Jun 24, 2018 - 15:02
Iran , OPEC's third-largest producer, says its output is likely to fall in the second half of this year due to new USA sanctions. OPEC and its allies are discussing an output increase of 1 million bpd or more to avert future shortages and stock declines.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top OPEC to boost oil production by 1 million barrels per day
Jun 24, 2018 - 14:58
Compliance has been well above 100% this year since some countries, notably Venezuela , have seen a drop in production. Markets were disappointed with the modest output hike, sending crude prices soaring on Friday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Firmino helps Brazil to late win over Costa Rica
Jun 23, 2018 - 00:43
He didn't speak to reporters after the game but soon took to Instagram to explain his emotions. We're gonna win and go for the next game, 3-0.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump says will sign executive order to avoid family separations
Jun 23, 2018 - 00:41
The Fake News is not mentioning the safety and security of our Country when talking about illegal immigration. Every day, child welfare agencies across America make hard decisions to separate children from their parents.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Markets Right Now: Stocks fall on fresh worries over trade
Jun 22, 2018 - 03:24
JD.Com's US-listed shares were up 2.5 percent after Alphabet's Google invested $550 million in the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse. The drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager said it will start making home deliveries of prescriptions and other items.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter claims VAR is failing
Jun 22, 2018 - 03:08
Fulfilling a long-standing personal invitation from Putin to attend the World Cup, Blatter will travel to St. Petersburg to see Brazil play Costa Rica on Friday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Prices Dip Slightly on Reports Iran May Agree to Small Production Hike
Jun 21, 2018 - 17:55
Zanganeh was due to attend a ministerial committee on Thursday, two sources said. The week ahead still sees a major and tense OPEC meeting on the table .