Mexico eye top spot against desperate Sweden

Marcus Newton
June 30, 2018

The Mexicans just need one point but with Sweden looking to win, it is unlikely that Mexico will be able to park the bus for 90 minutes.

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.

Mexico defender Edson Alvarez scored an own goal in the 74th minute to help Sweden seal the victory and top position on the group standings on a superior goal difference.

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As it stands Sweden would face Switzerland, while Mexico, who have been knocked out in the last 16 of every World Cup since 1994, will most likely play Brazil. With coach Juan Carlos Osorio managing a brilliant tournament in which he's been tactically flexible and made all the right moves, Mexico stunned reigning champion Germany 1-0 in its opener, then beat a physical South Korean team 2-1 in a game in which the Koreans seemed more intent on fouling than scoring.

"I'm so incredibly proud, nearly moved at the thought of how we performed on the pitch, so disciplined".

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

- Mexico has never won three consecutive matches at the World Cup and could become the first CONCACAF team to achieve the feat in World Cup history.

Sweden, who at half-time were heading home from Russian Federation, scored three times in the second half to top Group F with a deserved win.

Sweden players celebrate at the end of the group F match between Mexico and Sweden, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

"We want the players to recover mentally and physically (from this match)". 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. Hernandez notched his 50th global goal in Mexico's 2-1 win over South Korea on Saturday. The riveting game culminated with an injury-time penalty from Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz that hit the crossbar and went in off Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer's head. "We don't need to look at who's not there, we need to look at who will be able to play". But its aggressive style also bit them, opening up some counterstrike chances for Sweden, which it took advantage of.

Mexico will lament its missed chances early as well.

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