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Sweden moved themselves into the World Cup knockout stage with a good looking triumph over Mexico that qualified them as Group F champs and sentenced Germany to early end.
Mexico, fixed on the counter assault and from the punishment spot before yielding a claim goal, joined Sweden in achieving the following round as sprinters up in spite of the annihilation because of the safeguarding champions likewise losing.
Germany, the four-time World Cup victors, were beaten 2-0 by South Korea and neglected to achieve the knockout stage without precedent for 16 successive appearances since 1954.
Sweden likewise had a first-half punishment assert for a handball by Javier Hernandez denied in spite of setting off to a VAR survey, however at last it made a difference minimal after their three second-half goals.
Ludwig Augustinsson let go Sweden ahead five minutes after the break when a Viktor Claesson mis-hit incidentally discovered him free at the far post, before Andreas Granqvist crushed home a punishment 12 minutes after the fact following Hector Moreno’s stumble on Marcus Berg.
Mexico – who went close through a twisting Carlos Vela exertion in the main half – squeezed hard for an answer, however were rebuffed again when Edson Alvarez awkwardly turned an endeavored leeway past his own attendant.
Juan Carlos Osorio’s side, so splendid in their past two wins over Germany and South Korea, ought to have had a goal to appear from their disappointing execution yet Vela’s late header was bleak.
The groups will discover who they play in the following round later tonight, after the last round of matches in Group E.
The way things are Sweden would confront Switzerland, while Mexico, who have been thumped out in the last 16 of each World Cup since 1994, will in all probability play Brazil.
With the game blurring into damage time and Sweden sure of triumph, Mexican fans started to think what was before the game unbelievable – conceivable disposal.
At that stage, Germany were all the while drawing 0-0 with South Korea, and a late goal for Joachim Low’s side would have moved them into second place on goal contrast.
So the two late goals for South Korea – the second came after the last shriek had been blown in Ekaterinburg – were welcomed with festivity and help toward the finish of a Mexico execution that had little to cheer about.
This was the first run through in Colombian Osario’s 51 coordinates accountable to the group that he rolled out no improvements from their past match.
Be that as it may, his group were totally unrecognizable from the 2-1 triumph over South Korea that took over that noteworthy opening 1-0 win against Germany.
They discovered it undeniably troublesome against Sweden, who were efficient and forceful everywhere throughout the pitch.
It presently appears that Osario – reprimanded in the past for an excessive amount of tinkering – will confront inquiries of an alternate sort, exactly when he thought he had discovered his best XI.
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Sweden’s barbarous a minute ago thrashing by Germany in the second round of matches hoped to have seriously reduced their odds of achieving the knockout stage.
In any case, they unequivocally put that outcome behind them.
Before Toni Kroos’ 95th-minute goal for Germany, they had performed much similarly as they did here; hard to separate, risky on the counter and confrontational at each opportunity.
The main distinction was that they were unmistakably clinical against Mexico when chances introduced themselves and their three second-half goals left their rivals reeling.
Contending at the competition out of the blue since 2006, it will be interesting to perceive how far they can go.
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