Russian Federation 2018, Group F: Mexico vs Sweden match highlights

Sweden topped the group on goal difference.

If Mexico beats Sweden on Wednesday it would win its group with a ideal record, something it has never achieved in its long World Cup history.

Germany coach Joachim Loew has been blasted at home for conservative roster choices.

Captain Andreas Granqvist puts the ball beyond the reach of Guillermo Ochoa to double the advantage for his side. The changes made for a balanced team that was relieved to pull out the win against Sweden. South Korea also was eliminated despite the victory.

Sweden and Mexico both finished Group F with six points after Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 in a concurrent match.

Brazil, meanwhile, is trying to regain some swagger.

Andersson had been upset by Germany's celebrations in a last-gasp 2-1 win for the holders last weekend, but said he took no satisfaction from seeing them crash out.

Serbia understands that it needs spectacular play to continue its tournament. "We've definitely grown since the last match". "I always say that those that believe in miracles can make them happen. With a bit of luck, we can produce a miracle".

Mexico began the day atop Group F in the World Cup standings after stellar win over Germany and a victory over South Korea, but El Tri were on the verge of elimination Wednesday thanks to an ugly, uninspired performance against Sweden.

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That left Mexico in a perilous position, as a late German victor would have sent the Central Americans crashing out, but two injury-time South Korean goals in Kazan ensured Juan Carlos Osorio's men edged through as runners-up. "We need to find a middle way - to stop the opposition in the air but still play our own style".

West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez became the first Mexican player to score 50 goals for his country - in 104 appearances - with his strike against South Korea.

Aiming to end a run of six successive group stage eliminations, Mexico began their campaign in Russian Federation impressively by out-thinking world champions Germany in a 1-0 win and then beating South Korea 2-1. The team won both its first matches in the tournament but has never achieved three consecutive victories in a World Cup.

Scores of social media users declared their love for the East Asian nation and many Mexico City residents suggested going to the Zona Rosa district of the capital - where the city's Korean community is centered - to show their affection and gratitude to the citizens of many Mexicans' new favorite country, at least for today.

"For the first time in many, many games when we play against a team that play that approach, direct football, we had this formation". "We are courageous enough not only to dream, but to work on those dreams so that we can make them true".

Several Sweden players were left prone on the turf such was the late, excruciating nature of the defeat to Germany.

Switzerland qualified second in Group E behind Brazil despite twice losing the lead in a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica.

"Mind you, this is not going to be an easy one", Petkovic said.

"They have a lot of skilled players in the team and are technically gifted".

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