Sweden 3-0 Mexico: Swedes stun sloppy Mexicans to win Group F

Sweden 3-0 Mexico: Swedes stun sloppy Mexicans to win Group F

Sweden 3-0 Mexico: Swedes stun sloppy Mexicans to win Group F

Sweden thumped Mexico 3-0 today, overpowering their opponents after a scoreless first half in a result that means both teams advance to the World Cup last 16 at the expense of defending champions Germany.

There was more drama on the hour, as Hector Moreno brought down Berg in the box and skipper Granqvist held his nerve in front of the massed ranks of Mexicans to bury his penalty.

Sweden had penalty claims turned down after referee Nestor Pitana referred to VAR when the ball struck Javier Hernandez high on the arm after half an hour.

Plastic beer cups rained down, before Mexico defender Edson Alvarez compounded a miserable evening with a 74th-minute own goal when he miskicked past Ochoa.

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Sweden's defender Mikael Lustig (L) and Mexico's midfielder Hector Herrera vie for the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Mexico and Sweden at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 27, 2018.

Mexico failed to pose a serious threat to resolute Sweden despite impressing earlier in the tournament.

Sweden's Andreas Granqvist celebrates after the match against Mexico with team mates at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Yekaterinburg June 27, 2018.

It culminated with Alvarez's own goal, which occurred when he was trying to prevent Ola Toivonen from connecting with the ball, sending it past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

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Following the conclusion of the match, Mexico's players and support staff gathered in the middle of the pitch and after the conclusion of the Germany-South Korea match a couple of minutes later, it was confirmed that El Tri would live to play another day at Russian Federation 2018.

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As Mexico pushed for a goal their defence were caught napping as the Sweden broke lose on the counter attack.

After pressing hard for most of the first half and wasting numerous chances, Sweden finally found the net when left-back Ludwig Augustinsson charged up the field in the 50th minute and angled home a left-footed volley.

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His bending left-footer shaved the post, catapulting a few sombreros off the heads of Mexico fans as they expectantly sprang to their feet.

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