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Mexico blown out, but advances | Professional

Mexico blown out, but advances | Professional

Sweden and Germany are tied at 3 points, so a Mexico win or tie will automatically send them into the elimination stage.

MEXICO coach Juan Carlos Osorio said he was "very hurt" and hit out at Sweden's style of football as his side limped into the World Cup last 16 despite a 3-0 defeat.

Aiming to end a run of six successive group stage eliminations, Mexico began their campaign in Russian Federation impressively by out-thinking world champions Germany in a 1-0 win and then beating South Korea 2-1.

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

Captain Andreas Granqvist puts the ball beyond the reach of Guillermo Ochoa to double the advantage for his side. Both teams missed an array of chances, with the best of them falling to Germany as Mesut Ozil's delightful cross was picked up by Hummels in the box, but his header was woeful, to say the least.

He added: "I'm not going to sit here and gloat having won a match, we have a basic approach from the outset, that's what we're basing everything on". "We don't want to stir things up too much".

But Germany failed to score in the simultaneous game, and South Korea's stoppage-time goals ensured Mexico advanced as group runners-up despite their capitulation against Sweden.

It capped an emotional week for the Blue-Yellow.




Despite a late onslaught, Germany could not find a breakthrough.

MOSCOW - Despite a few nervy moments in its own end, Brazil used a few moments of brilliance to claim a victory over Serbia in Moscow, advancing to the knockout stage as the victor of Group E.

It leaves Spain and Portugal level on five points each in first and second place, with goals scored putting the former ahead, and the latter set to face Group A winners Uruguay in the next round.

Though Mexico have a ideal record, a defeat combined with a Germany win over Korea Republic could see El Tri suffer the rare fate of elimination, despite winning two group matches. But they controlled this one.

Paulinho gave his team the lead when he met a lofted ball from Philippe Coutinho in the 36th minute. All Mexico needs to win the group is a draw against the Swedes.

Brazil hasn't quite been the unstoppable behemoth you may have expected in Russian Federation thus far, settling for a 1-1 draw with Switzerland before an expected victory over Costa Rica and a solid performance against Serbia.

With a 2-0 lead in its pocket and Mexico watching the score from the other match, Sweden took total control. "We need to draw the right conclusions". As it turned out, Switzerland could have lost to already-eliminated Costa Rica and still gone through because Brazil beat Serbia 2-0.

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