Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Sweden crashes Mexico 3-0 at FIFA World Cup match in Yekaterinburg

Sweden crashes Mexico 3-0 at FIFA World Cup match in Yekaterinburg

Ludwig Augustinsson fired Sweden ahead five minutes after the break when a Viktor Claesson mis-hit inadvertently found him free at the far post, before Andreas Granqvist smashed in a penalty 12 minutes later following a Hector Moreno trip on Marcus Berg.

But Osorio, relishing the improvement in the team's performances that has helped to silence his many critics at home, said Mexico would stay true to the brand of play that led them to a stunning 1-0 win over Germany and a 2-1 victory over South Korea. Mexico plays in the round of 16 for the seventh straight World Cup, with its fans desperate for its first quarterfinal appearance in 32 years - the elusive "quinto partido", or fifth game.

Mexico's misery was complete when the ball trickled in off the leg of Edson Alvarez for a tame own goal on 74 minutes.

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.

With one more, he can become Mexico's all-time leading scorer in World Cup play with five, breaking a tie with Luis Hernandez.

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. The teams have a combined nine World Cup titles, Germany is the defending champion and Brazil is still trying to redeem itself from a humiliating 7-1 loss in the 2014 semifinals, in which it was the host nation.

Sebastian Larsson had to be dragged away from berating the officials for the ensuing set-piece, from which Sweden went close when Berg had a stabbed attempt from Mikael Lustig's hooked ball tipped over by a leaping Ochoa.

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Instead, Mexico's goalkeeper has broken it down to the basics: Beat Sweden on Wednesday in distant Yekaterinburg, on the border separating Asia from Europe, and the team moves on.

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The Swedes went through to the knockout rounds as the unlikely winners of Group F, taking the beaten Mexicans with them.

The game began with an ominous start for Mexico as Jesus Gallardo was shown the fastest yellow card in World Cup history after just 13 seconds for an elbow to Ola Toivonen.

Their substitute Iago Aspas then flicked the ball into the net in the dying seconds and saw that the flag was up for offside - but the goal was subsequently given following a VAR review. But its aggressive style also bit them, opening up some counterstrike chances for Sweden, which it took advantage of.

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