Sweden finish as Group F leaders following 3-0 victory over Mexico

Sweden finish as Group F leaders following 3-0 victory over Mexico

- Sweden defeat Mexico by 3-0 to qualify for the round of 16 of the World Cup

- Andreas Augustinsson puts the Swedes ahead in the second half

- Ludwig Granqvist doubles the advantage from the penalty spot

- Alvarez scores into his won net to hand their opponents a 3-goal advantage

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Sweden have qualified into the round of 16 after a resounding victory over Mexico in their final Group F match in Sochi.

The Swedes knew they would only stand a chance of qualifying into the next round if they secure a win against the North Americans.

Mexico's best chance in the first half fell in the path Carlos Vela but the attempt from his favourite left-foot went just wide in the 16 minute.

Sweden finish as Group F leaders following 3-0 victory over Mexico

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Two minutes later, Janne Andersson's side responded as Emil Foresberg could not keep his shot down as it went sky high.

Just before half time, Marcus Berg benefited from a swift counter attacking move from his teammates with only the keeper to beat but his shot rattles the side-netting.

Sweden started off the second half on a brighter note as they shot themselves into the lead in the five minutes after the restart.

Left-back Ludwig Augustinsson took advantage of a miscued shot from Forseberg to score an important goal for his team.

The Scandinavians kept on getting better and better as they created more openings in the Mexican defence.

Then in the 51st minute, the match Hector Moreno was adjudged to have brought down Berg in the box as the referee pointed to the spot.

Captain Andreas Granqvist puts the ball beyond the reach of Guillermo Ochoa to double the advantage for his side.

As Mexico pushed for a goal their defence were caught napping as the Sweden broke lose on the counter attack.

Unfortunately for Carlos Osorio's men, defender Edson Alvarez scored an own goal the Club America center-back turned the ball into his own net.

Sweden held on to claim maximum points as they top the group and could possibly avoid Brazil in the semi finals.

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