Mexico smashed but benefit from Germany collapse

Mexico smashed but benefit from Germany collapse

Edson Alvarez's own goal, and strikes from Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist gave Sweden victory.

There were no lingering effects of the embittering late 2-1 loss suffered to Germany last time out as Sweden went for the jugular from the off, though they were denied a penalty for a blatant handball by Javier Hernandez despite referee Nestor Pitana reviewing video footage.

Fabian went close with a shot from distance which deflected just over, but then Mexico imploded as Alvarez bundled the ball into his own net to make it 3-0 to Sweden.

But both teams finished on six points and qualified, three ahead of Germany who lost 2-0 to South Korea. If Sweden and Germany both win, Andersson's team could advance on goal difference.

"They have a lot of skilled players in the team and are technically gifted".

Mexico players thought they had missed out on the knockout stages.

Sweden were under a minute away from a historic victory against Germany in the last match, but came up just short after Tony Kroos curled home a vicious set piece in the 95th minute.

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.

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Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is beaten from the penalty spot.

Sweden, who reached the finals by knocking out Italy in the playoffs, will play the runner-up in Group E, which could be Brazil, Sweden or Switzerland.

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

They started their campaign in spectacular fashion, stunning defending champions Germany 1-0.

El Tri's faithful could be seen frantically checking their phones for scoring updates from Germany's game soon after Sweden's second goal.

The World Cup match between Mexico and Sweden will be broadcast live on Fox. Several members of the squad, including Ochoa, were also lambasted for their presence at a farewell party attended by around 30 prostitutes. "However, I am very hurt", said the 56-year-old Colombian.

Janne Andersson has once again criticised Germany for the "scornful" celebrations that followed their late victor against his Sweden team last weekend.

They gave the formidable Germans a tough time before Jimmy Durmaz conceded the foul that allowed Toni Kroos to score a dramatic late victor for the defending champions.

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