#WC2018: Sweden blanks Mexico 3-0; both advance

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From L: Mexico’s forward Hirving Lozano, Sweden’s defender Mikael Lustig and Sweden’s midfielder Viktor Claesson vie for the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Mexico and Sweden at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 27, 2018.

(AP) – Sweden dominated Mexico 3-0 to move on to the World Cup knockout round, but thanks to South Korea’s defeat of Germany, Mexico will also advance.

Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from close range five minutes into the second half, and captain Andreas Granqvist converted on penalty kick to help Sweden take control Wednesday and win Group F.

Despite the loss, because South Korea beat Germany 2-0, Mexico also advances as runner-up in the group. Mexico has been to the round of 16 for seven straight World Cups.

Mexico’s Edson Alvarez had an own goal in the 74th minute.

Once Sweden took the lead, Mexican fans paid more attention to the other game, rooting against Germany, which could have passed Mexico with a victory.

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