Mexico's reward for World Cup collapse is a date with Brazil

Mexico's reward for World Cup collapse is a date with Brazil

Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from close range five minutes into the second half, and captain Andreas Granqvist converted a penalty to help Sweden take control.

In the first 45 minutes, Mexico found it hard to find a way past a compact Sweden side, a little and large battle up front between Javier Chicharito Hernandez and Adreas Granqvist hugely contributing to a goalless first half.

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.

Alvarez completed Mexico's poor day on the pitch with a calamitous own goal but they survived in Russian Federation thanks to South Korea's win over Germany.

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

Mexico had to sweat out the final moments of the match between Germany and South Korea, as a win by Germany would have knocked out Mexico.

"I'm so incredibly proud, nearly moved at the thought of how we performed on the pitch, so disciplined".

El Tri were celebrating Germany's shocking defeat as they'd made it to the last 16 for a seventh-straight World Cup.

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"My feelings in the last few minutes, my feelings in general, were that I wasn't too happy with the way we defended at all".

Captain Andreas Granqvist admitted that the way some of the Germany staff reacted to Kroos' victor left a sour taste and he hopes his players will channel their frustration in a positive way against the Mexicans. This victory locks the first place in the group for Sweden, as they qualify for the second round.

Sweden were also incensed by the reaction of two German team officials to the goal, accusing them of "rubbing it in".

The Mexicans were a shadow of the team that had beaten Germany and South Korea and had pundits speaking of them as potential world champions.

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.

The four-time champions allowed a pair of injury-time goals while knowing a 1-0 victory would have been enough to advance because of the result in the other group match.

Even in Yekaterinburg, almost 500 miles away, the Mexican fans expected Germany to score.

Mexico attacked for the rest of the first half, with Lozano's shot blocked, Vela blasting over the bar and Miguel Layun's soft shot easily gathered. "Mentally we are very very strong and with a belief in what we do", Sweden manager Janne Andersson was quoted as saying by FIFA.com.

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