Sweden Aim Big Win, Luck Against Mexico To Enter Last 16

Sweden Aim Big Win, Luck Against Mexico To Enter Last 16

Sweden Aim Big Win, Luck Against Mexico To Enter Last 16

Jesus Gallardo was shown the quickest yellow card in World Cup history for a late challenge on Ola Toivonen after just 15 seconds, but the Mexico left-back cleared the resultant free-kick after Berg's knockdown fell just out of Granqvist's reach.

Sweden's three-goal success has seen them win the section, while Mexico have gone through in second due to Germany's 2-0 defeat to South Korea, with the reigning champions incredibly exiting the competition.

The defending champions from Germany go home early. The costly mistakes were capitalized by the Sweden team.

This will be the seventh consecutive time that Mexico have progressed from the group stages, however, they may never get a better chance to top a group then they had yesterday. "They were so disciplined, so loyal in everything they did", coach Janne Andersson said. "That match made us stronger, more confident".

Goals for Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist put Sweden no course for the result it needed to guarantee itself a place in the round of 16 and put Mexico in peril, and an Edson Alvarez own goal after 74 minutes took Mexico's fate out of its own hands.

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Sweden were on course for the last 16 until Toni Kroos stepped up with a wonderful victor in the fifth minute of injury time to rescue the reigning champions 2-1 in a Saturday-night thriller.

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El Tri will now play the victor of group E which, depending on results in the two matches to be played later today, could be Brazil, Switzerland or Serbia. But they controlled this one, and it was a big relief to Tite.

Paulinho gave his team the lead when he met a lofted ball from Philippe Coutinho in the 36th minute.

Costa Rica defender Kendall Waston leveled it at 1-1 with a header off a corner kick from Joel Campbell in the 56th minute, but the Swiss regained the lead in the 88th minute when Josip Drmic one-timed a low cross from Denis Zakaria into the right corner. Next up, Mexico could be facing Brazil in the round of 16 if the South Americans win Group E.

Andersson had been infuriated by the celebrations of some of Germany's bench when Toni Kroos scored an injury-time victor last weekend to beat the Swedes 2-1.

Despite the late drama, a draw was enough to send Switzerland through to the knockout stage.

"This is certainly not an ideal scenario", Switzerland midfielder Blerim Dzemaili said. "We need to find a middle way - to stop the opposition in the air but still play our own style". "This is very disappointing". The main question is whether coach Osorio will play the team's usual attacking game or if he will decide to sit back and wait for the Swedes to push forward, given they likely need to win.

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