Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Sweden beat Mexico to top Group F

Sweden beat Mexico to top Group F

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.

Beer rained down when news filtered through that Germany, incredibly, were exiting the tournament, and Mexico progressed behind Sweden despite losing.

Fortune smiled on them but Osorio's many critics, who went quiet after Mexico's first two games in Russian Federation, may now be back on his case.

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.

Janne Andersson's side reaped the rewards of a relentless attacking display to secure top spot in Group F, with Mexico following them through as runners-up after Germany's shock 2-0defeat to South Korea.

Sweden only made it to Russian Federation by beating Italy in the play-offs, but were worthy winners at Yekaterinburg Arena, condemning Mexico's large following to a nervy ending as they became reliant on South Korea in Kazan.

Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist, with a penalty, put Sweden in control before Edson Alvarez's own goal saw the Scandinavians make certain of their place in the second round. "When we arrived here in Russian Federation, the only person who had a big question mark over his head was me, not the national squad." the 56-year-old said of leading his first Mexican World Cup squad. "I am not like that (gloating), it is not like that in sport".

Interestingly, Osorio admitted afterwards that he had gone against his instincts with his team selection, as he usually fields a three-man defence against sides who play like Sweden.

Referee Nestor Pitana of Argentina took a look at a video replay when the ball hit Mexico striker Javier Hernandez on the arm in the box. Fubo TV also offers three days of auto recording and 30 hours of Cloud DVR service in case you can't watch the Mexico Sweden soccer game live. The Swedes would be keen to add to their three points as Germany too have the same points and goal difference.

Sweden needed a goal and five minutes after half-time they got it, Augustinsson popping up from left-back to volley in.

Andersson had been infuriated by the celebrations of some of Germany's bench when Toni Kroos scored an injury-time victor last weekend to beat the Swedes 2-1.

Twelve minutes later it was 3-0 as Alvarez scored a calamitous own goal when he sliced the ball onto his standing leg from six yards and it bounced beyond Ochoa.

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