Match preview:Mexico vs sweden


Group F draws to a close on Wednesday with

Mexico and Sweden facing off at the Central

Stadium in Yekaterinburg.

Fellow Group F members Germany and South

Korea will play each other at the same time.

Mexico begin the day as leaders of the group,

following their second consecutive win. The

Tricolor beat South Korea 2-1 thanks to

goals from Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez.

Sweden were cruelly denied a point against

champions Germany on Saturday. Ola

Toivonen gave Sweden the lead before Marco

Reus levelled things up. The match looked to

be heading for a draw but Toni Kroos scored

in a 96th-minute winner.

Sweden’s 1-0 win over South Korea in their

opening match keeps their knockout hopes

alive.

The winner and runners-up of Group F will

face the runners-up and winners of Group E

respectively.

Sweden have faced Mexico nine times in

international football, winning four and

losing two. The two sides have only met once

at a World Cup finals, where Sweden won 3-0

back in 1958, Germany and Sw

Sweden have an identical record to Germany

heading into the final match. Both sides have

won one and lost won, scoring two and

conceding two.

Of all the sides to have won both of their

opening two matches, Mexico are the only

ones who aren’t guaranteed a spot in the

last sixteen. Failing to make the knockout

stages would be cruel on Mexico, but it would

take something special for that to happen.

A point for Mexico would be enough to

confirm them as winners of the group. Mexico

could be eliminated, however, if they lose and

Germany beat South Korea and have their

goal difference of two overturned in the

process.

Sweden need to better Germany’s result

against South Korea to secure a spot in the

last 16.

Adding to the excitement, is the fact South

Korea can still make it through but they need

a win, a Mexico victory and a goal difference

swing.