Sweden crashes Mexico 3-0 at FIFA World Cup match in Yekaterinburg
01 July, 2018, 00:46 | Author: John Swanson
With back-to-back victories to open the World Cup, including one over defending champion Germany, Mexico's national team has already been anointed by some back home as the best in the country's history. Sweden will play in the knockout stage for the first time in a dozen years despite blowing a 1-0 lead on 10-man Germany in the previous match, the 2-1 defeat coming on virtually the final kick in injury time.
Mexico, who lost 3-0 to Sweden, go through in second place, while the Swedes took top spot in an incredible Group F.
Sweden must win in order to make sure of a second round spot. The changes made for a balanced team that was relieved to pull out the win against Sweden. South Korea was also eliminated despite the victory.
Mexico were left hoping that Germany did not beat South Korea in the other final group game, as the tension that had bubbled throughout ratcheted up a notch.
Brazil, meanwhile, is trying to regain some swagger.
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Sweden only made it to Russian Federation by beating Italy in the play-offs, but were worthy winners at the Yekaterinburg Arena, condemning Mexico's large following to a nervy ending as they became reliant on South Korea in Kazan.
Serbia understands that it needs spectacular play to continue its tournament.
"When we heard after the match that this had occurred, the squad was annoyed", Granqvist revealed. "However, I am very hurt", said the 56-year-old Colombian.
"I'm apparently at peace", the Brazil coach said. "With a bit of luck, we can produce a miracle".
Germany, the four-time World Cup winners, were beaten 2-0 by South Korea and failed to reach the knockout stage for the first time in 16 consecutive appearances since 1954.
Mexico's celebrations were cut short following Germany's last gasp win over their opponents today which meant the Last-16 is still not secure for the Central American side. "We haven't forgotten hearing the boos at the Azteca, and that has strengthened us mentally", Ochoa said.
"We have six points but never in our minds did we think this was going to be an easy group", striker Javier Hernandez told a pre-match press conference. That would make the tiebreakers go to goal difference.
Jimmy Durmaz, the winger who was racially abused online after giving away the free-kick that led to Germany's victor, is again on the bench for Sweden.
"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 believe in what we do". Switzerland broke through against the run of play in the 31st minute, when Blerim Džemaili slammed home a ball that was headed back to him by Breel Embolo at the top of the 6-yard box.
Brazil hasn't quite been the unstoppable behemoth you may have expected in Russian Federation thus far, settling for a 1-1 draw with Switzerland before an expected victory over Costa Rica and a solid performance against Serbia.
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Back in 2006, they defeated Netherlands 1-0 in the so-called "Battle of Nuremberg" to progress to the World Cup quarterfinals. However, they have lost their last three games in the World Cup knockout stages (1 goal scored, 5 conceded).
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"We always find a reaction, and this is an important and positive characteristic of my team", he said. Serbia does not recognise Kosovo's independence and relations between the two countries remain tense.
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