Janne Andersson salutes Sweden for reaching knockout stages of World Cup

An understated yet important presence for Mexico

Not sure if congratulations are in order here, but win or lose, Gallardo has now etched his name into the World Cup history books, courtesy of clattering recklessly into Toivonen.

Mexico defender Edson Alvarez compounded a miserable evening with a 74th-minute own goal when he miskicked past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

Sweden was so dominant against Mexico at the World Cup that the best Mexican plays of the night were made 600 miles away by South Koreans.

All four teams in Group F are still technically alive, and it's possible that both Mexico and Sweden could go through no matter the result in Yekaterinburg.

Sweden's Ludwig Augustinsson, right, celebrates after the group F match between Mexico and Sweden, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

Mexico will now face the winners of Group E in Samara on July 2, while Sweden will play the runners-up the following day in St Petersburg.

Sweden pulled off a stunning 3-0 win over Mexico in Ekaterinburg to spring a surprise upset in Group F. The Swedes advanced to the last 16 in first place alongside Mexico, with Germany eliminated.

Sweden were also incensed by the reaction of two German team officials to the goal, accusing them of "rubbing it in".

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Mexico would have gone out if Germany had won and, in the end, their fans were watching the other match on their mobile phones rather than the game in stadium.

El Tri's faithful could be seen frantically checking their phones for scoring updates in Germany's game soon after Sweden's second goal.

Sweden got their goal early in the first half as Augustinsson finished volleyed home at the back post after an air shot from Claesson saw the chance fall to him.

Captain Andreas Granqvist admitted that the way some of the Germany staff reacted to Kroos' victor left a sour taste and he hopes his players will channel their frustration in a positive way against the Mexicans.

Andersson had been infuriated by the celebrations of some of Germany's bench when Toni Kroos scored an injury-time victor last weekend to beat the Swedes 2-1.

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

"We showed that we can match the reigning champions nearly all the way to the end and that strengthens the self-confidence".

MOSCOW - Despite a few nervy moments in its own end, Brazil used a few moments of brilliance to claim a victory over Serbia in Moscow, advancing to the knockout stage as the victor of Group E.

"We grew another little bit", Sweden coach Janne Andersson said.

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