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.

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