As it happened: Sweden beat Mexico but both go through as Germany bow out of World Cup

As it happened: Sweden beat Mexico but both go through as Germany bow out of World Cup

Matt Dawson
MexicoOchoa, Alvarez, Salcedo, Moreno, Gallardo (Fabian, min. 65), Herrera, Guardado (Corona, min. 75), Layun (Peralta, min. 89), Vela, Lozano, Hernandez.
SwedenOlsen, Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Larsson (Svensson, min. 57), Ekdal (Hiljemark, min. 80), Forsberg, Claesson, Berg (Thelin, min. 67), Toivonen.
SCORE0-1, min. 50, Augustinsson, 0-2, min. 62, Granqvist, 0-3, min. 74, Alvarez OG,
REFEREENestor Pitana (ARG). Yellow cards: Gallardo (min. 1), Larsson (min. 26), Moreno (min. 60), Layun (min. 86), Lustig (min. 88).
INCIDENTSWorld Cup Group F encounter between Mexico and Sweden at the Ekaterinburg Arena.
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Football, eh? Superb stuff. One of the greatest shocks in the history of the World Cup as the four time winners and holders of the competition are out. Germany have been poor throughout but Mexico and Sweden completely deserve their place in the next round. It's been an absolute pleasure ladies and gentleman, goodbye! 

Right, time to catch my breath. What a superb end to this group F. Mexico came into the day top of the group but were rolled over by Sweden. They needed Germany to slip up against South Korea and they lost 2-0! Sweden qualify as group winners, Mexico finish second, but GERMANY ARE OUT! 

SOUTH KOREA HAVE A SECOND! Absolute euphoria for Mexico. The South Korean's might not be going through but they have dumped Germany out of the World Cup! 

Unbelievable. South Korea have done Mexico one of the BIGGEST favours in World Cup history. El Tri go through despite a 3-0 defeat and the World Champions in Brazil four years ago, Germany, ARE OUT! 

FULL TIME: Mexico 0-3 Sweden. 

93' BUT NO, THE SOUTH KOREAN GOAL STANDS! In the other game it went to VAR and the goal has been given. South Korea 1-0 Germany! 

92' Drama in the South Korea - Germany game as the South Korean's have apparently had a goal disallowed for offside! Two minutes left in this one. 

90' Four added minutes. 

89' Herving Lozano, who has barely had a chance in this game, blazes over from outside the box for Mexico. 

89' A final Mexico change. Peralta is on for Layun. 

88' Free-kick for Mexico. Lustig dives in on Lozano and is shown a yellow card for his troubles. 

87' Germany's game with South Korea is still goalless. Mexico can do nothing as it stands apart from wait for the result in that game because they won't be getting back into this one. 

86' Miguel Layun is shown a yellow card for elbowing Toivonen in the back of the head. 

81' Well how on earth have Mexico not scored here? Corona dinks a ball to the back post where Hernandez takes it down and fizzes it across goal but Vela can't direct his header goalwards from almost point blank range. 

81' Mexico have a free-kick in a promising position but Vela places it straight into the wall. That rather sums up their day so far. 

80' A final Swedish change as Ekdal is replaced by Hiljemark. 

77' Mexico were brilliant in their opening two games but their hard work may be about to come undone. They will still be going through as it stands, but a reminder that if Germany do not beat South Korea then Mexico will still go through and the German's will exit the tournament. The score there is still currently 0-0. 

75' Mexico change. Guardado on his 150th Mexican appearance is off and on comes Corona. 

74' Sweden are in dream land as they go 3-0 up to all but confirm their place in the last 16. It's a disaster for Mexico and Alvarez as he puts Thelin's flick on into the back of his own net. Hugely unfortunately for the 20-year-old. 

74' GOAL SWEDEN! Edson Alvarez own goal. 

70' Free header for Javier Hernandez from the free-kick but he heads over.

70' Augustinsson throws a hand in the face of Edson Alvarez and Mexico have a free-kick out on the right flank. 

67' And now a substitution for Sweden as Marcus Berg is replaced by Thelin.

65' Mexico with their first roll of the dice. Fabian is on in place of Gallardo. 

65' So Mexico, what have you got? At the moment they are still going through but that could all change if Germany score. This is the first time Juan Carlos Osorio's team have been behind in the tournament. 

62' It's a brilliant penalty from the skipper who sends it high into the top corner. Ochoa went the right way but he had no chance. Granqvist notches his second penalty of the tournament after bagging against South Korea in their opening game. 

62' GOAL SWEDEN! Andreas Granqvist. 

60' PENALTY TO SWEDEN! It's all going wrong for Mexico here. Sweden lead a break away and Berg is then played in. He gets into the box and is brought down by Moreno. Clear cut penalty. He is booked and will miss the next game if the Mexican's reach the last 16. 

56' Sebastian Larsson is down and receiving treatment. Not quite sure what the issue is but the stretcher is out and he'll be replaced by Svensson. 

54' Almost a second of the game for Augustinsson who checks back onto his unfavoured right boot and bends it over the bar for Sweden. 

54' So as things stand. Sweden would be going through as group winners. Mexico would finish second with Germany third. 

52' Almost another for Sweden! Toivonen lays it off to Forsberg on the edge of the area but he gets over the ball and doesn't test Ochoa. 

50' Well Sweden have thrown a cat amongst the pigeons here. They go ahead through left back Ludwig Augustinsson who has his first international goal. Claesson fails to get a clear shot on goal from the cross in and Augustinsson pounces at the back post to volley past Ochoa, who gets a hand to it, but can't keep him out. Germany would be GOING OUT as things stand. 

50' GOAL SWEDEN! Ludwig Augustinsson. 

49' Despite his early yellow card Gallardo has been very positive down the left for Mexico. He whips a ball in but Lindelof sticks a leg out to intercept the cross. 

46' Underway in the second half. 

The other game in the group is also 0-0 between South Korea and Germany. Not a lot going on there but there was an uncharacteristic mistake from Manuel Neuer that almost meant the Germans slipped behind. As it stands Mexico and Germany would be going through. 

Sweden started well but Mexico grew into the game nicely, although both teams could have easily found the net. There was the fastest yellow card in World Cup history for Gallardo whilst there was another date between a referee and VAR as Sweden were denied a penalty. 

HALF TIME: Mexico 0-0 Sweden. An entertaining game but it remains goalless. Both sides have had chances. 

47' Late chance in the half for Sweden as Berg collects the ball from Forsberg and then smashes an effort into the side netting. 

46' Outstanding control from Hector Herrera in the midfield as he takes down a high ball to then set Mexico away but they can't dig out a clear chance. 

45' Hernandez drives a cross field ball to Layun who carries it forward and then goes it alone but his shot is tame and easy for Olsen in the Swedish goal. 

41' Gallardo drives a cross low into the area in the direction of Lozano who clashes with Granqvist and the PSV man fails to connect with the ball in. 

39' Vela picks up the ball on the right and is allowed to drift inside on to his left foot but his shot is rash and doesn't find the target. 

38' A chance looks to open up for Javier Hernandez on the edge of the box but the Mexican's end up over playing it and then Edson Alvarez gives away possession. 

33' Claesson gets down the right hand side and then picks out Forsberg deep inside the penalty area but he acrobatically fires over. 

31' A wonderful chance for Sweden as Lustig hooks the ball towards Berg but he is denied brilliantly by Ochoa from close range. 

30' The referee is done checking the replays and the decision stands, no penalty. Correct decision. Well done Mr Pitana. 

28' A penalty appeal from Sweden is waved away by the referee as Hernandez looks to have handled the ball. It actually looked like it hit his chest but after a period of deliberation the referee has gone over to consult VAR to make sure! 

26' A caution is shown to Sebastian Larsson for a high challenge on Lozano. If Sweden go through then he will be suspended for their next match. 

23' Mexico work things nicely in the middle of the park which presents Guardado with an opportunity to take a shot but he drags it wide from distance. 

18' And now a brilliant opportunity for Sweden at the opposite end! Lustig's ball in is met by Forsberg at the back post but he fires over unmarked. 

17' Best chance of the game so far and Mexico should probably be ahead. Sweden give it away and Hernandez picks it up. Chicharito finds Lozano and then he plays it into Vela who curls it inches wide of the target from just outside the box. 

15' Forsberg tries a speculative long-range effort on the volley after the ball comes back to him from Salcedo but he blazes over. 

12' Sweden causing plenty of danger from set-pieces and they go close again from a corner. Augustinsson's delivery is flicked on by Granqvist and then Berg puts it wide on the turn. 

10' Mexico growing into the game after a nervy start. Miguel Layun cuts inside from the right but then drags a tame effort off target. 

6' Forsberg whips the resultant free-kick towards goal and Ochoa palms it away but straight up in the air. Berg tries to follow up but can't find the net under pressure from Mexican defenders. 

4' Mexico keeper Ochoa comes to claim the ball right on the edge of the box and referee Nestor Pitana deems it to be handled outside the area. Replays show it was the incorrect decision but Sweden have a free-kick in a promising position on the left flank. 

2' Almost the opening goal of the game already. The free-kick comes in from Sweden and Berg's knock across goal is inches away from being diverted home by Granqvist. Mexico clear. 

1' A first yellow card of the game, remarkably inside 15 seconds! Jesus Gallardo is booked for a challenge with Toivonen. 

1' Sweden get us underway. 

Plenty of sombreros in the crowd which can only mean one thing, this crowd will be predominantly Mexican. A wonderful rendition of their anthem rings out for the third time in the tournament. 

The teams are out here in the Ekaterinburg Arena. Time for the anthems! 

In typical German fashion they will likely somehow find a way to scrape through into the knock-out stages of the tournament. They face South Korea at the same time today in their final group game, and you can keep up with that here

Sweden have a real chance of qualifying this afternoon and in the build-up to the game, Andreas Granqvist has been speaking. "If you told me before the tournament began that the third game would be the decider I would have been 100% happy with it. Of course we are disappointed we missed out on a point against Germany but it feels good this way too. It's all in our hands now." 

A win for Mexico today would see El Tri win three successive World Cup games for the first time in their history. Midfielder Andres Guardado shared the following words: "The objective of this national team isn't to get out of the group, it's more, and until we achieve it we won't relax. Winning nine points would be historic for us in a World Cup. We're doing things differently and we don't fear anyone." 

Sweden are also unchanged from the team that lost by the slimmest of margins to Germany. Manchester United's Victor Lindelof keeps his place in the side after missing the opening game whilst the familiar face to English football of Sebastian Larsson starts in midfield. Talented Emil Forsberg keeps his place on the left whilst Ola Toivonen, scorer of Sweden's goal against Germany, also plays from the off. 

For the first time in Juan Carlos Osorio's tenure with Mexico (51 games) he has named an unchanged side from the team that beat South Korea at the weekend. The exciting Hirving Lozano starts once more, as do other lively threats, Carlos Vela and record goal scorer Javier Hernandez. 

Sweden XI: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Claesson, Berg, Toivonen. 

Mexico XI: Ochoa, Alvarez, Salcedo, Moreno, Gallardo, Herrera, Guardado, Layun, Vela, Lozano, Hernandez. 

We're now approaching kick-off and with that, we can announce today's teams. 

Anyway, that's all your pre-match build up for now. Join us an hour before kick off for the confirmed starting XI's in Yekaterinburg. 

The two nations haven't met since an international friendly in 2009 where Sweden were victorious by a goal to nil. The pair have meanwhile met just once in competitive football which was at the 1958 World Cup, coincidentally hosted by Sweden. The Scandinavian side won 3-0 on that day and Mexico have only beaten them twice in nine meetings. 

Sweden have shown their usual toughness and aggressive nature in their opening two games but with a lack of 'stars' as such, have struggled. There is, of course, no Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Emil Forsberg has only shown glimpses of what he can do. It took a penalty from captain Andreas Granqvist to overcome South Korea and they almost held Germany. Ola Toivonen scored a brilliant goal past Manuel Neuer to put the Swede's in front. However, Marcus Reus' goal just after half time and then Toni Kroos' late free-kick saw them lose 2-1. 

Out of each country in the group, it is Mexico who will be most deserving of a place in the next round. Their win against Germany was remarkable, as Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game in the first half. Their win against South Korea was a little easier. Carlos Vela's penalty and Javier Hernandez's 50th for his country put the Mexican's two goals ahead before Son Heung Min's late strike. El Tri have been mightily impressive in their opening two games and will be keen to show that again against the Swedes. 

Calculators at the ready then, we may well need them during the game with every nation in the group having a possibility of reaching the last 16. 

Sweden meanwhile need to better Germany's result in order to go through after losing in heartbreaking fashion to the German's at the weekend. If both teams draw then it will be the latter who go through as a result of beating them earlier in the competition. South Korea can qualify if they beat Germany, Sweden lose and finish with a better goal difference than the pair. 

Lets first take a look at the group permutations going into the final round of group F fixtures. Mexico currently sit top of the group after that incredible win over Germany and victory over South Korea. They are close to qualifying and a point would confirm top spot and their passage safely into the last 16, as would a Germany defeat.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary of Mexico vs Sweden at the 2018 World Cup. I'm Matt Dawson and I'll be taking you through today's game which is due to kick off at 3pm BST. Keep following VAVEL for live updates.