Mexico 0-3 Sweden

Andreas Granqvist will have to rally his troops on Wednesday

Andreas Granqvist will have to rally his troops on Wednesday

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

With victories over defending champion Germany and South Korea, Mexico has a chance to win its group with a flawless record for the first time in its World Cup history.

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Sweden, with their greater physicality, were on top, but Mexico were risky on the break.

Both Sweden and Mexico qualified for the last 16 with Germany crashing out in stunning fashion after losing to South Korea.

"In the beginning, the first games were different because I felt I can do it much better than them, obviously".

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The Swedes had the momentum and were awarded a penalty on the hour-mark for a challenge on Berg, which skipper Andreas Granqvist step up and convert the spot-kick to double the lead.

With one more, he can become Mexico's all-time leading scorer in World Cup play with five, breaking a tie with Luis Hernandez.

A draw in that match would have been enough for Mexico to advance but with the score locked at 0-0 until injury time started, there were fears that the Germans could score a late goal and edge Mexico out of the tournament due to a superior goal difference. "We knew that we were going to play for first place against Sweden".

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

"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".

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

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We've shown we have the chance to win and if we keep it up this way I think we'll be successful. Alves sounded a note of caution following the departure of defending champions Germany.

But, if Sweden beats Mexico on Wednesday and Germany beats South Korea, three teams would be tied atop Group F with six points.

KAZAN, Russia - Everyone was waiting for Germany to score another late World Cup-saving goal. "We are highly motivated, we're very, very confident", he said.

As Sweden's lead grew, Mexican fans paid more attention to the other game, frantically checking their phones for scoring updates from Germany's game. Once again the players have been highlighting the importance and value of the strong unity within the group.

When Edson Alvarez got his legs tangled and turned the ball into his own net, the writing was on the wall for Mexico.

Mexico pressed hard after falling behind, with Javier Hernandez heading over from a corner and later firing a cross that flew perilously across the face of the Swedish goal.

Mexico will lament its missed chances early as well.

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