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Mexico is in a commanding position at the top of Group F, although Germany's dramatic late victor in a 2-1 victory over Sweden means, should results go against them on the final matchday, El Tri could yet fail to progress.

There was more drama on the hour, as Hector Moreno brought down Marcus Berg in the box and skipper Granqvist held his nerve in front of the massed ranks of Mexicans to bury his penalty.

Mexico's defender Jesus Gallardo is shown a yellow card by Argentine referee Hernan Maidana during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Mexico and Sweden at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 27, 2018.

Mexico's Edson Alvarez had an own goal in the 74th minute.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic questioned Sweden prior to their must-win encounter at the World Cup.

Brazil need a point against Serbia to guarantee their place, while Switzerland just need draw as well. The teams have a combined nine World Cup titles, Germany is the defending champion and Brazil is still trying to redeem itself from a humiliating 7-1 loss in the 2014 semifinals, in which it was the host nation.

It was a historic win for Sweden as they advanced from the group stages to the round of 16 as group toppers while Mexico lost their top spot and secured the qualification to the next stage by finishing at second. Although Ochoa got a hand to the shot, the ball ricocheted into the net.

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Sweden will next take on the runners-up of Group E and Mexico will play the Group E winners.

"We allowed them to score three goals, which is too many".

The World Cup continued with activity yesterday and a few surprises came from Group F.

"We always knew we would have to fight all the way to the last game", Ochoa said.

Mexico's Jesus Gallardo was called for a yellow card just 13 seconds in - believed to be the fastest in World Cup history - setting up the first of two quick set-piece opportunities that Sweden could not take advantage of.

Needing only a draw to be sure of advancing, Mexico started tentatively but somehow managed to reach the break on level terms after surviving a Swedish aerial bombardment and a VAR review when Javier Hernandez appeared to handle the ball in his penalty area.

The Swedes went through to the knockout rounds as the unlikely winners of Group F, taking the beaten Mexicans with them. Costly mistakes enlarged the score, and at the 90th minute, Sweden walked away with a 3-0 victory. The Swedes stayed crisp in their exchanges and it helped them find seams in El Tri's defence.


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