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Sweden beat Mexico to top Group F

30 June, 2018, 19:40 | Author: Delia Walker
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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.

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.

Everyone was waiting for Germany to score another late World Cup-saving goal.

With back-to-back victories to open the World Cup, including one over defending champion Germany, Mexico's national team has already been anointed by some back home as the best in the country's history.

Brazil defender Thiago Silva, left, is congratulated on his goal by forward Neymar during their World Cup Group E match against Serbia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.

Mexico's Hector Herrera and Jesus Gallardo during the warm up ahead of the clash against Sweden, June 27, 2018.

The Swedish team took some solace from its play against Germany and insisted it is ready for its Group F finale against Mexico in Yekaterinburg.

Sweden's win in their opening match was their first at the World Cup since 1958 when they beat Mexico 3-0 as tournament hosts. The aspect of the game that will be critical for Sweden to execute will be their finishing. Augustinsson scored when the ball luckily landed in his path following a mistimed shot from Viktor Claesson popped up to his teammate.

Sweden's Sebastian Larsson was booked in the first half for a high challenge on Hirving Lozano and will miss their last-16 match through suspension, as will Mexico's Moreno.

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. "We need to draw the right conclusions".

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia - Switzerland is through to a knockout game against Sweden at the World Cup.

"I think that won't change". In Osorio's case, it was the first time he hadn't altered his starting 11 in consecutive games since he took over in 2015.

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. Wide shots by both teams kept the score 0-0 through the first half.

While Fernando Hierro's side - who survived a scare 10 minutes after the break as Nordin Amrabat's strike hit the woodwork - snatched a point, Portugal were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran thanks to a late goal by their opponents.

Ochoa was proving to be the busier of the two goalkeepers and he was called once again in the 31st minute to deny Berg from point-blank range.

VAR came into play in stoppage time after an offside decision overruling a Jang Hyun-Soo goal from a corner, was review by the referee and overturned, giving the Koreans a deserved lead.


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