Germany out of World Cup; Mexico advances despite loss against Sweden

Yolanda Curtis
June 28, 2018

Great organization and some fortunate timing played out in the second half for Sweden.

Sweden, who are locked in a battle with Germany to qualify for the last 16, are also unchanged.

Sweden and Mexico finished on six points, with Sweden finishing first on goal difference.

It was a rollercoaster of emotions for Mexico who started nervously with Jesus Gallardo booked after just 10 seconds for climbing on Ola Toivonen.

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Then goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was adjudged to have handled the ball outside of the area and from the free-kick Emil Forsberg went for goal and Ochoa had to parry to safety.

Mexico went on the front foot on 17 minutes when Javier Hernandez intercepted the ball, but Carlos Vela's shot curled just wide.

There was no way through for Juan Carlos Osorio's charges with five minutes of the first stanza remaining as the Swedes kept a good shape at the back.

Argentine referee Nestor Pitana adjudged the challenge to be a foul and awarded a free kick to Sweden.

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Marcus Berg then poked a chance goalwards from close range, Ochoa made another brilliant save tipping the effort over his bar and Berg had the last chance of the half firing into the side netting.

Sweden didn't want to focus on getting revenge by helping eliminate Germany, which got some favourable calls in a tense 2-1 victory over the Swedes on Saturday night.

Soon it was 2-0 when Moreno brought down Berg on 62 minutes and Granqvist smashed the penalty into Ochoa's top left hand corner. A draw would guarantee El Tri a birth in the next round, but a multiple goal loss, combined with a multiple goal win for Germany, would see them in third place in Group F.

El Tri were struggling to get into their passing rhythm in the first quarter of an hour although Carlos Vela almost opened the scoring in the 16th minute with one clear chance, but he fired wide after going through.

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Even after two wins in the group stage, Mexico is still not guaranteed a spot in the round of 16 just yet.

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