Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 but both qualify for Round of 16

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

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

If Mexico beats Sweden on Wednesday it would win its group with a ideal record, something it has never achieved in its long World Cup history.

The game had a historic start with Jesus Gallardo collecting the fastest booking since World Cup records began, pulled up after just 13 seconds for a foul on Ola Toivonen.

Sweden and Germany are tied at 3 points, so a Mexico win or tie will automatically send them into the elimination stage.

Germany's shock 2-0 defeat to South Korea - which eliminated the defending champions - allowed Mexico to progress too.

Despite the loss, because South Korea beat Germany 2-0, Mexico also advances as runner-up in the group.

It was Sweden's biggest win in a World Cup match since 1994, when they beat Bulgaria 4-0 in the third-place play-off match.

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.

"We are courageous enough not only to dream, but to work on those dreams so that we can make them true".

Sweden had penalty claims turned down after referee Nestor Pitana referred to VAR when the ball struck Javier Hernandez high on the arm after half an hour.

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As Sweden's lead grew, Mexican fans paid more attention to the other game, rooting against Germany, which could have passed Mexico with a victory depending on tiebreakers.

The two late goals for South Korea - the second came after the final whistle had been blown in Ekaterinburg - were greeted with celebration and relief at the end of a performance that had little to cheer about.

They found it far more hard against Sweden, who threw everything towards claiming the win.

Sweden makes its first appearance in the knockout stage since 2006. "People can say whatever they want there, but we have a magnificent opportunity to break that ceiling and to demonstrate that we can do this after working hard".

But how emphatically they put that result behind them.

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

The Swedes pressed high and looked risky nearly every time they hoisted a ball into the area.

Fortune smiled on them but Osorio's many critics, who went quiet after Mexico's first two games in Russian Federation, may now be back on his case.

Competing at the tournament for the first time since 2006, it will be intriguing to see how far they can go.

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