Sweden and Mexico managed to qualify for the last 16 of World Cup 2018 after the last match of group F on Wednesday (27/6).
The Mexican duel against Sweden in the first round was fierce. Sweden who need a victory continue to press the Mexican defense. Mexico also do not want to rely on defensive game. They try to attack and immediately lock the victory.
Mexico hero in the first half was goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. At least Ochoa success twice deny the Swedish golden opportunity to score.
The first was when he brushed off Emil Forsberg’s free kick in the sixth minute. Second, was when he brilliantly brushed off Marcus Berg’s close-range shot in the 31st minute.
But toughness Ochoa finally faded in the second round. Swedish collective game capable of destroying Ochoa strength under the wicket.
Sweden successfully steal a quick goal when the new game entered the 50th minute. Starting from the bait Viktor Claesson into the penalty box, plus the blunder of the Mexican defense, Ludwig Augustinsson make not terkawal and successfully fired hard shot failed by Ochoa.
1-0 advantage makes Sweden more confident pounding the Mexican defense. Sweden’s effort to fruition in the 61st minute when Marcus Berg violated Hector Moreno in the penalty box.
Andreas Granqvist who served as executor capable of performing their duties well. He kicked the ball into the top right corner of the Mexican goalkeeper, making Ochoa unable to reach the ball.
Sweden did not relax the pressure despite already two goals. It was proven when they pulled Marcus Berg but still inserted another attacking player, Isaac Thelin.
The decision was reaping positive results. Thelin’s header failed to be denied well by Edson Alvarez. The ball then even slid into the goal.
Mexico tried to score a goal back in the rest of the time, but their efforts did not work out. Mexico itself still qualify with the status as a runner-up group because Germany lost to South Korea.
Composition of Players
Guillermo Ochoa; Edson Alvarez, Carlos Salcedo, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo (Marco Fabian 65); Andres Guardado (Jesus Corona 75), Hector Herrera; Miguel Layun, Carlos Vela, Hirving Lozano; Javier Hernandez
Robin Olsen; Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Ludwig Augustinsson; Viktor Claesson, Sebastian Larsson (Gustav Svensson 57), Albin Ekdal (Oscar Hiljemark 80), Emil Forsberg; Marcus Berg (Isaac Thelin 68), Ola Toivonen