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
advanced to the knockout stage as runners-up thanks to
Germany’s shock defeat 2-0 to South Korea.
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.
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
survived a penalty scare as the referee stopped the game
to review VAR, then refused to revise his initial
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.
Scandinavians were awarded a penalty after Hector Moreno
fouled Marcus Bergin in the box. Captain Andreas
Granqvist made no mistake from the spot.
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.
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
on the pitch were so disciplined and loyal in every they
did,” he added.
expressed satisfaction about the implementation of the
offensive play and set-pieces.
could have scored at any point, maybe we should have
scored in the first half,” the Swede said.
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.
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.
take on runners-up of Group E and Mexico will play Group
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Waston hammered home a powerful header from a corner in
the 56th minute to give Costa Rica a goal
their efforts fully deserved.
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
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.
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.