Sweden 3, Mexico 0
Sweden's impressive 3-0 victory over Mexico set the stage for a different kind of late drama on Wednesday in Ekaterinburg. And then the happy chaos erupted when jubilant Mexican fans learned that South Korea had beaten Germany 2-0, keeping Mexico alive despite its defeat and eliminating Germany, the defending champion.
With the victory, Sweden will play second place in Group E on Tuesday, while Mexico faces the Group E finalist in first place on Monday. Both games are at 10 am Eastern time.
Mexico has left the World Cup in the round of 16 in six consecutive tournaments, but El Tri is lucky even to have that opportunity after Wednesday's result.
"We just have to move on," said goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, through the Associated Press. "This is the World Cup, we can not get it out of our pocket, it's not going to be easy, and I think it's a good lesson for what's to come."
Things had taken a bad turn for Mexico when Sweden He scored with an own goal against Edson Alvarez in the 75th minute, putting anxious fans nervous. Sweden led 3-0, and Mexico's chances of progress were in danger, resting directly on the shoulders of South Korea. However, with South Korea's victory over Germany, both Mexico and Sweden, the winner of Group F, advanced to the knockout stage .
In the 59th minute, Héctor Moreno takes down Marcus Berg and receives a yellow card . The result: Andreas Granqvist puts the ball on the net in a penalty kick for a 2-0 lead.
Mikael Lustig steals a yellow card, the fifth of the match, in minute 87, but Hirving Lozano can not convert.
Sweden has had the best chances in this tremendously entertaining game and finally becomes the 49th minute when Ludwig Augustinsson makes his way with a goal that gives Sweden a 1-0 lead over Mexico and life in the Cup of the world. The goal was Augustinsson's first for the national team and he arrived when he received a pass from Viktor Claesson.
The first half ended in a 0-0 draw, with high emotions and each team taking their chances. Neither of them could capitalize and the intensity of a physical match increases in the second half.
Sweden dominated, but Mexico had the best chance, with Carlos Vela being the closest to score in the 16th minute. His kick, however, widens, and he was not the only one who could not believe he would have lost that opportunity.
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Sweden should probably be a leader, but Mexico has had the best scoring chances so far.
Thirty minutes later, the game is disconcerting with the disputes over no calls – this time the way the ball seemed to hit the arm of Javier Hernández, also known as Chicharito. The game resumes and the Swedish Marcus Berg has a great blow that Guillermo Ochoa jumps to get away.
In the 25th minute, Sebastian Larsson is hit with a yellow, the second of the group stage, by a collision with Hirving Lozano. Larsson will miss the next game.
The party has been animated and ardent since the beginning. Just 10 seconds in, Jesús Gallardo of Mexico draws a yellow card for a midfield, a collision in the air with Ola Toivonon.
Four minutes inside, controversy breaks out. Both teams have a break with Mexico avoiding another yellow when Guillermo Ochoa seemed to handle the ball out of the area and Sweden had a great opportunity in a close free kick. Ochoa, however, is up to the task and jumps to hit the kick by Emil Forsberg.
Was Mexico fortunate to avoid a yellow there?
Eleven minutes later, the kick of Marcus Berg's bicycle goes alone outside the net. This game is the antithesis of France-Denmark on Tuesday. It has been turned on from the beginning.
Here Mexico and Sweden line up:
El Tri fans are in the mood for a bit of football.
- Previous results: Beat Germany, 1-0. Beat South Korea, 2-1.
- Remarkable: Mexico is trying to advance to the round of 16 for the seventh consecutive time.
- FIFA World Ranking: 15. ELO World Ranking: 12.
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