Mexico's Gallardo receives quickest booking in World Cup history

Ruben Holloway
June 30, 2018

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.

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

Sweden's next chance arrived in the 12th minute when Granqvist headed towards Berg inside the Mexico box, but the striker saw his overhead kick drop wide of the post.

But Germany failed to score in the simultaneous game, and South Korea's stoppage-time goals ensured Mexico advanced as group runners-up despite their capitulation against Sweden. It was good to achieve the record but also because it was a distraction, now I can focus on the most important thing: "helping the team reach the Round of 16", Hernandez was quoted as saying by FIFA.com.

Sweden then went 2-0 up and their goal came from the penalty spot as Hector Moreno's clumsy challenge on Berg was penalized.

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- Two of the best teams in worldwide soccer go into their final group matches in danger of being bounced from the World Cup. "We have everything to gain and we are mentally strong ahead of the match", Andersson told a news conference.

"My dream, along with that of my teammates, is for us to stay here until the very last day".

But without an improvement on this performance they risk falling once again in the last 16, the same stage where they have been knocked out in the last six World Cups. 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.

"We always knew we would have to fight all the way to the last game", Ochoa said. Germany was playing against Korea, who potentially was the weakest team in the group.

The Swedes rolled to a 3-0 rout Wednesday overtaking Mexico to win Group F just four nights after a gut-wrenching last-minute loss to Germany. Mexico had 20 shots of its own during the match but only three were on target.

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

If Germany and Sweden's margin of victory is two or more goals, that would send Mexico home.

Mexico will lament its missed chances early as well.

As the runner-up of Group F Mexico meets victor of Group E Monday in Samara.

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