Mexico eye top spot against desperate Sweden

Mexico eye top spot against desperate Sweden

Mexico eye top spot against desperate Sweden

They were trying to change their fortunates but luck was not falling their way and was compounded in the 75th minute when Alvarez scored an own goal.

Mexico's misery was complete when the ball trickled in off the leg of Edson Alvarez for a tame own goal on 74 minutes.

But his team were completely unrecognisable from the 2-1 victory over South Korea that followed that impressive opening 1-0 win against Germany.

The win sees Sweden finish as group winners, while Mexico secured second spot following Germany's loss to Korea Republic.

"I'm incredibly proud of the team, they were so disciplined and they were so loyal".

Jesus Gallardo was shown the quickest yellow card in World Cup history for a late challenge on Ola Toivonen after just 15 seconds, but the Mexico left-back cleared the resultant free-kick after Berg's knockdown fell just out of Granqvist's reach.

The two late goals for South Korea - the second came after the final whistle had been blown in Ekaterinburg - were greeted with celebration and relief at the end of a performance that had little to cheer about.

After watching replays on the pitchside monitor, the official decided the action was not deliberate - to the frustration of the raging Sweden manager Janne Andersson - and from the resulting corner Ochoa made a point-blank save to turn Marcus Berg's volley over the bar.

Berg posed repeated problems for the Mexican defence, his best chance coming when his well-struck shot was acrobatically turned over the bar by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

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With Sweden having topped the group, Mexico will now face Brazil in a mouthwatering second round match-up.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio varies his team according to the opponents and had fielded 50 different line-ups in his 50 matches in charge up to and including the South Korea game.

"We want the players to recover mentally and physically (from this match)". Several members of the squad, including Ochoa, were also lambasted for their presence at a farewell party attended by around 30 prostitutes. Mexico just need a draw to qualify but will be desperate for a moral boosting third win on the bounce.

Sweden were on course for the last 16 until Toni Kroos stepped up with a wonderful victor in the fifth minute of injury time to rescue the reigning champions 2-1 in a Saturday-night thriller.

To have 6 points already in a group that also includes Germany is fantastic for Javier Hernandez and the rest of the Mexican squad.

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