Mexico advances despite 3-0 rout by Sweden

Mexico advances despite 3-0 rout by Sweden

Mexico advances despite 3-0 rout by Sweden

They and Mexico, who were ragged throughout, will next play whichever two teams emerge out of Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia in Group E, which concludes later on Wednesday.

Yekaterinburg - Sweden coach Janne Andersson was left "incredibly proud and nearly moved" by his team's 3-0 demolition of Mexico to qualify for the Soccer World Cup last 16 on Wednesday.

Ludvig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist scored minutes apart after a scoreless first half, and Sweden got its third courtesy of an own goal on Mexico defender Edson Alvarez.

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As Mexico pushed for a goal their defence were caught napping as the Sweden broke lose on the counter attack.

The win sees Sweden finish as group winners, while Mexico secured second spot following Germany's loss to Korea Republic. It was good to achieve the record but also because it was a distraction, now I can focus on the most important thing: "helping the team reach the Round of 16", Hernandez was quoted as saying by FIFA.com.

Sweden double their lead against Mexico after Hector Moreno gave away a penalty as Marcus Berg was fouled in the box.

The team won both its first matches in the tournament but has never achieved three consecutive victories in a World Cup.

At that stage, Germany were still drawing 0-0 with South Korea, and a late goal for Joachim Low's side would have moved them into second place on goal difference.

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. Five minutes after the latter, Brazil earned a corner kick in the 68th minute and Silva nodded home an inswinging cross from Neymar, all but deciding the match. A 2-1 win against South Korea in their next match strengthened their position at the top of the group.

Goalkeeper Ochoa during this morning's game.

With the game fading into injury time and Sweden certain of victory, Mexican fans began to think what was before the game unthinkable - possible elimination. "We don't need to look at who's not there, we need to look at who will be able to play". Mexico had 20 shots of its own during the match but only three were on target. Having something to play for in this final group stage game fits right into this team's mentality, Hernandez said. They missed many chances against Germany and they will need to improve on that if they wish to beat Mexico.

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