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Sweden top Group F, beating Mexico 3-0 in World Cup | Coastweek

YEKATERINBURG Russia (Xinhua) -- Carlos Vela [second left] of Mexico breaks through with the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F match between Mexico and Sweden in Yekaterinburg, Russia, June 27, 2018. Sweden won 3-0. Mexico and Sweden advanced to the round of 16. XINHUA PHOTO - LI MING

Sweden top Group F after beating Mexico 3-0       

YEKATERINBURG Russia (Xinhua) -- Sweden reached round of 16 at the World Cup as Group F leaders after a convincing 3-0 victory over Mexico in Yekaterinburg Arena on Wednesday.

Mexico also advanced to the knockout stage as runners-up thanks to Germany’s shock defeat 2-0 to South Korea.

The decisive match started with a breathtaking tempo, as both sides demonstrated aggressiveness and determination from the very beginning, and Jesus Gallardo was booked by the referee within the first minute.

A floppy back-pass of the Swedes gave Mexico first goal-scoring chance in the 16th minute, but Carlos Vela’s curling shot just missed the goal inches wide of the far post.

Mexico survived a penalty scare as the referee stopped the game to review VAR, then refused to revise his initial judgment.

Sweden pulled ahead in the 50th minute when Viktor Claesson’s shot ended up an unanticipated assist for Ludwig Augustinsson, whose calm half-volley gave Sweden a 1-0 lead.

The Scandinavians were awarded a penalty after Hector Moreno fouled Marcus Bergin in the box.  Captain Andreas Granqvist made no mistake from the spot. 

Mexico defender Edson Alvarez scored an own goal in the 74th minute to help Sweden seal the victory and top position on the group standings on a superior goal difference.

“We really worked as a team, all of us wanted to everything to give our players the chance to succeed on the pitch. I’m so incredibly proud, almost moved and so touched by the thought of how we performed during the entire match,” Sweden coach Janne Andersson said on the post-match press conference.

“Our players on the pitch were so disciplined and loyal in every they did,” he added.

Andersson expressed satisfaction about the implementation of the offensive play and set-pieces.

“We really could have scored at any point, maybe we should have scored in the first half,” the Swede said.

“First of all, I have to say that we qualified because we beat Germany and (South) Korea. However, and nevertheless, I’m very hurt (by this defeat),” Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said.

Osorio felt unhappy because his team didn’t score and conceded three. “I wasn’t too happy with the way we defended and that was a learning experience for me,” he added.

Sweden will take on runners-up of Group E and Mexico will play Group E winners.



Switzerland into last 16 after dramatic finish against Costa Rica

NIZHNY NOVGOROD Russia (Xinhua) -- Switzerland qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup on Wednesday night after a 2-2 draw against Costa Rica in an entertaining game with a frantic last 5 minutes.

Costa Rica claimed a dramatic draw in the 93rd minute when Bryan Ruiz’s penalty bounded off the bar and into the goal off the back of Swiss keeper Yann Sommer, who produced an excellent performance.

There were only five minutes on the clock when Sommer became the Swiss hero twice in quick succession, pushing away a goal-bound shot from Joel Campbell before palming Celso Borges’ header onto the post as Costa Rica came out like an express train, with Cristian Gamboa also calling the Swiss keeper into action.

The Costa Rican assault continued and Daniel Colindres hit the Swiss crossbar with a curling shot in the 10th minute and then drew another low save as the central Americans dominated.

However, it was the Swiss who took the lead in the 31st minute when Blerim Dzemaili smashed home from 8 meters after a good nod down from Breel Embolo and he nearly doubled the lead a minute later with a shot which was deflected out for a corner.

Costa Rica had a great chance to draw level three minutes into the second half only for Campbell to slice horribly wide, before Ricardo Rodriguez drove just over the Costa Rica bar.

Kendall Waston hammered home a powerful header from a corner in the 56th minute to give Costa Rica a goal their efforts fully deserved.

Costa Rica continued to look for a win to sign off from Russia, although Josip Drmic hit the bar for the Swiss with a header in the 77th minute, moments before Campbell’s run set up Borges to again test the impressive Sommer.

With Brazil beating Serbia 2-0 in Moscow, the Swiss knew in the closing minutes that even with a defeat they would go into the last 16 but Drmic restored their lead on the break in the 88th minute.

Costa Rica thought they had a penalty moments afterwards, but after consulting with the VAR the referee ruled it out for offside, only to award one in injury time when Campbelll went down on the edge of the Swiss area and although Ruiz’s spotkick hit the crossbar Sommer had the bad luck for it to end up in the back of the net off his back.


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