Sweden 3-0 Mexico: Swedes stun sloppy Mexicans to win Group F

Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist attends a press conference following a training session of the team at the Ekaterimburg Arena in Russia

Mexico began the day atop Group F in the World Cup standings after stellar win over Germany and a victory over South Korea, but El Tri were on the verge of elimination Wednesday thanks to an ugly, uninspired performance against Sweden.

The world champion now needs to beat South Korea by two goals or more to guarantee its qualification, or it must better Sweden's result in the other group game against Mexico to secure a top two finish.

The Swedes reacted angrily to what they perceived to be overly-exuberant and provocative scenes from their opponents near their dugout following Toni Kroos' last-gasp victor.

"They have a lot of skilled players in the team and are technically gifted".

After the match, a delighted Andersson said: "We worked as a team. We are highly motivated, we're very, very confident", he said. "I was not happy how we defended, it was a learning experience for me".

Sweden needed a goal and five minutes after half-time they got it, Augustinsson popping up from left-back to volley in.

With Mexico falling 3-0 behind to Sweden in Ekaterinburg it was left with no choice but to hope that the Germans failed to win their game against South Korea, being played simultaneously in Kazan.

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Sweden are level with Germany on three points, but the Germans are favourites to beat last-placed South Korea in the second Group F match, taking place simultaneously in Kazan.

The Mexicans were a shadow of the team that pundits were tipping as potential champions after their sparkling start to the tournament.

Originally called out for offside, the goal was given after video review.

The game was packed with incident from the opening whistle, with Mexican Jesus Gallardo booked within seconds for misjudging an aerial challenge on Ola Toivonen.

Forsberg then fired over the Mexico crossbar moments later, before Augustinsson just curled wide from an advanced position as Sweden looked for a second goal.

Mexico - who went close through a curling Carlos Vela effort in the first half - pressed hard for a reply but were punished again when Edson Alvarez clumsily turned in an attempted clearance past his own keeper.

Sweden has seized a spot in the World Cup knockout stage and a measure of revenge against Germany. 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. The Swedes will be without midfielder Sebastian Larsson, who picked up his second booking of the tournament.

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