Mexico vs. Sweden - Football Match Report

We will lick our wounds and come back: Sweden prepare for crucial Mexico show-down

We will lick our wounds and come back: Sweden prepare for crucial Mexico show-down

Sweden and Mexico will learn on Wednesday evening which of Brazil, Serbia or Switzerland they will face from Group E in the last 16.

It marked a remarkable swing in Swedish fortunes after the crushing disappointment of losing to a stoppage-time goal from Germany's Toni Kroos four days ago.

After lingering at the pitch-side monitor, then going back for a second glance, Pitana ruled it no penalty - the Mexicans celebrated as if they had scored a goal. Federation Internationale de Football Association opened disciplinary proceedings against the pair.

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"We want the players to recover mentally and physically (from this match)".

"We have a good feeling within the squad".

"My feelings in the last few minutes, my feelings in general, were that I wasn't too happy with the way we defended at all".

"We still haven't qualified properly, we haven't confirmed our progress, but who would have said we would have had six points by now in this group?" he said.

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Mexico's celebrations were cut short following Germany's last gasp win over their opponents today which meant the Last-16 is still not secure for the Central American side. The riveting game culminated with an injury-time penalty from Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz that hit the crossbar and went in off Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer's head.

"They have a lot of skilled players in the team and are technically gifted".

He said those already playing in Europe - including Hernandez and winger Hirving Lozano - were showing great form at the World Cup.

The biggest problem for Mexico, who will have the majority of the Yekaterinburg Arena behind them on Wednesday, will be complacency.

Brazil hasn't quite been the unstoppable behemoth you may have expected in Russian Federation thus far, settling for a 1-1 draw with Switzerland before an expected victory over Costa Rica and a solid performance against Serbia. Several members of the squad, including Ochoa, were also lambasted for their presence at a farewell party attended by around 30 prostitutes.

"We just need to move on", Ochoa said. "We haven't forgotten hearing the boos at the Azteca, and that has strengthened us mentally", Ochoa said.

PSV star Hirving Lozano and West Ham's Javier Hernandez have grabbed the spotlight for Mexico so far in Russian Federation, but captain Andres Guardado has been a key figure at the base of El Tri's midfield, marshaling his teammates and combining well with fellow pivot Hector Herrera to break up opposition attacks and trigger his own team's forays forward.

For Mexico, the lackluster performance in Yekaterinburg marked a reality check.

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