Needing one point, Osorio says Mexico to go for three v Sweden

30 June, 2018, 19:38 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • An understated yet important presence for Mexico

Mexico just need a draw to qualify but will be desperate for a moral boosting third win on the bounce.

Sweden dominated Mexico 3-0 to move on to the World Cup knockout round, and thanks to South Korea, Mexico also advances.

Sweden's captain Andreas Granqvist made no mistake from the spot, drilling the ball into the back of the net.

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This will be the seventh consecutive time that Mexico have progressed from the group stages, however, they may never get a better chance to top a group then they had yesterday.

Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16.

However, if Sweden beats Mexico 2-1 and Germany beats Korea 1-0, Sweden would go through as the group victor with Mexico and Germany deadlocked and El Tri moving through thanks to their head-to-head win over the reigning champion.

It allowed Sweden to relax and they doubled their lead after 62 minutes through Granqvist's second spot-kick of the tournament.

Mexico have been one of the biggest attractions of this World Cup. And since, with a victory, Sweden would automatically top Mexico as well, El Tri would find themselves out of the World Cup at the group stage. The game had barely kicked off when the fullback, who plays his club soccer for Monterrey, put in a lunging challenge on Sweden striker Ola Toivonen.


"We want the players to recover mentally and physically (from this match)".

Sweden were very close to beating Germany and were denied at point by Toni Kroos in the last minute of the game.

Everyone was waiting for Germany to score another late World Cup-saving goal.

"Yes, we definitely need a miracle".

But after a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, Brazil needed two injury-time goals to pull out a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica.

Although Mexico have swabbed away both Germany and South Korea, Osorio has been known to rotate his team and it may be an alternated side that walks out in Yekaterinburg today.

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.

As Sweden's lead grew, Mexican fans paid more attention to the other game, rooting against Germany, which could have passed Mexico with a victory depending on tiebreakers. Mexico had 20 shots of its own during the match but only three were on target.

Mexico will lament its missed chances early.

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