Sweden thump Mexico as both qualify for World Cup last 16

Sweden have qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup by defeating Mexico 3-0 in Ekaterinburg to finish top in Group F. Mexico have, however,  also qualified after Germany were unexpectedly beaten by South Korea.

A goal early in the second half from Ludwig Augustinsson and a second from a spot-kick from the captain Andreas Granqvist put Sweden in charge, and an own goal from Edson Álvarez ensured Sweden made up for their last-gasp defeat to Germany.

Mexico had to wait for the score from the other match between Germany and South Korea in Kazan, before learning the Koreans had won. Sweden and Mexico will  know by Wednesday evening which of Brazil, Serbia or Switzerland they will face from Group E in the knockout stage.

There had been more VAR controversy in the first half when Javier Hernández seemed to control the ball with his arm in his own penalty area, but the referee from Argentina, Néstor Pitana, decided it was not worthy of a penalty after watching on the VAR, to the fury of the Swedish players and especially their manager, Janne Andersson.

Sweden’s Sebastian Larsson was booked in the first half for a high challenge on Hirving Lozano and will not play in the last-16 match through suspension.

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