Mexico and Sweden teams unchanged for Group F decider

Andreas Granqvist will have to rally his troops on Wednesday

Andreas Granqvist will have to rally his troops on Wednesday

Mexico has lost in the round of 16 for the past six World Cups in a row.

Mexico players react at the end of 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.

Germany coach Joachim Loew has been blasted at home for conservative roster choices.

After watching replays on the pitchside monitor, the official decided the action was not deliberate - to the frustration of the raging Sweden manager Janne Andersson - and from the resulting corner Ochoa made a point-blank save to turn Marcus Berg's volley over the bar. South Korea was also eliminated despite the victory.

Overall, it had been an afternoon to forget for the Mexicans, who now saw their progression in threat if Germany were to score against South Korea.

Brazil, meanwhile, is trying to regain some swagger.

El Tri will now play the victor of group E which, depending on results in the two matches to be played later today, could be Brazil, Switzerland or Serbia.

Juan Carlos Osorio's side, so brilliant in two previous wins over Germany and South Korea, should have at least a goal from their underwhelming performance but for woeful Vela header in the closing stages.

Serbia understands that it needs spectacular play to continue its tournament. "We haven't forgotten hearing the boos at the Azteca, and that has strengthened us mentally", Ochoa said.

"If I hadn't responded there I would have been absolutely dead emotionally", he said. "With a bit of luck, we can produce a miracle".

Sweden dominated Mexico 3-0 to move on to the World Cup knockout round, and thanks to South Korea, Mexico will also advance.

Brazil will face Mexico in the round of 16 on Monday in Samara. "We need to draw the right conclusions".

Mexico's Javier Hernandez strikes a shot.

The handsome win for Sweden means they now face Group E's runners-up, while Mexico face that group's winners. That would make the tiebreakers go to goal difference.

Soon after, Alvarez sent the ball into his own net as Sweden ended up usurping Mexico's top spot in Group F.

Mexico was the only team to have won both of its opening games yet still be faced with a realistic chance of being knocked out, and the pressure showed.

"We want the players to recover mentally and physically (from this match)". As one, we made a very clear stance at training, we don't accept that sort of behaviour. "We did a fantastic job today".

Sweden will next play Switzerland.

Switzerland will reach the round of 16 with at least a draw.

"Mind you, this is not going to be an easy one", Petkovic said.

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