Mexico's Gallardo receives quickest booking in World Cup history

Mexico's Gallardo receives quickest booking in World Cup history

Mexico's Gallardo receives quickest booking in World Cup history

That will be of no concern to Sweden and their coach Janne Andersson as second-half goals from defenders Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist, from the penalty spot, plus a comical own goal were reward for a physical display.

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.

Fabian went close with a shot from distance which deflected just over, but then Mexico imploded as Alvarez bundled the ball into his own net to make it 3-0 to Sweden.

Sweden and Mexico both finished Group F with six points after Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 in a concurrent match. Sweden will play in the knockout stage for the first time in a dozen years despite blowing a 1-0 lead on 10-man Germany in the previous match, the 2-1 defeat coming on virtually the final kick in injury time.

It left Group F on a knife-edge going into the final round of games on Wednesday, when Sweden face Mexico in Yekaterinburg while at the same time Germany play South Korea in Kazan.

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"I'm incredibly proud of the team, they were so disciplined and they were so loyal".

The loss capped off Germany's most disappointing campaign of recent times and continuing the mythical "curse of the World Cup champion". Granqvist stepped forward, and the Sweden captain found the top corner with a wonderful effort to double his team's lead.

Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa handled outside the box and then flapped at the resulting free-kick.

Switzerland finished the group stage with five points, two behind Brazil, and will play Group F victor Sweden on Tuesday.

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

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They started their campaign in spectacular fashion, stunning defending champions Germany 1-0.

El Tri's faithful could be seen frantically checking their phones for scoring updates in Germany's game soon after Sweden's second goal. "We haven't forgotten hearing the boos at the Azteca, and that has strengthened us mentally", Ochoa said. His status for Monday's Round of 16 match with Mexico is unclear.

It leaves Spain and Portugal level on five points each in first and second place, with goals scored putting the former ahead, and the latter set to face Group A winners Uruguay in the next round.

His opposite number Juan Carlos Osorio said he was "very hurt" and hit out at Sweden's style of football as his side limped into the knockouts.

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