'Proud' Sweden coach revels in last 16 qualification

We will lick our wounds and come back: Sweden prepare for crucial Mexico show-down

This continues the trend of reigning World Cup champions failing to make it to the knockout rounds in recent editions, with Germany becoming the third successive champions after Spain (winners in 2010) and Italy (winners in 2006) to be eliminated from the group stage.

Mexico's desperate late efforts proved unnecessary, as South Korea gave them a helping hand to the last 16 with their stunning win over Germany.

For Granqvist it was his second goal from the spot in the tournament, after he also scored on a penalty kick against South Korea. Mexico has been to the round of 16 for seven straight World Cups.

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

Janne Andersson has once again criticised Germany for the "scornful" celebrations that followed their late victor against his Sweden team last weekend. "I am not going to sit here and gloat having won a match or boast about a win".

"For the first time in many, many games when we play against a team that play that approach, direct football, we had this formation".

A tremendous second half rally from Sweden saw the team record a 3-0 win courtesy of goals from Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist from the penalty spot, and then an own goal from Edson Alvarez to seal a shock victory against perhaps the strongest team in the group.

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 capped an emotional week for the Swedes.

MOSCOW - Despite a few nervy moments in its own end, Brazil used a few moments of brilliance to claim a victory over Serbia in Moscow, advancing to the knockout stage as the victor of Group E. But they controlled this one.

Brazil struck in the 36th minute after Philippe Coutinho delivered a handsome ball in behind the Serbian back line.

Costa Rica defender Kendall Waston leveled it at 1-1 with a header off a corner kick from Joel Campbell in the 56th minute, but the Swiss regained the lead in the 88th minute when Josip Drmic one-timed a low cross from Denis Zakaria into the right corner.

Spain will face hosts Russian Federation in the last 16 of the World Cup after finishing top of Group B following a dramatic 2-2 draw with already-eliminated Morocco in Kaliningrad.

In the end, Son ended their misery after Neuer conceded possession to allow Ju Se-Hong to release Son, who scored into an empty net to make it 2-0 on the night.

Despite the late drama, a draw was enough to send Switzerland through to the knockout stage. If we've learned anything over the past two weeks, it's that anything can happen at this World Cup.

"This is certainly not an ideal scenario", Switzerland midfielder Blerim Dzemaili said.

"We are courageous enough not only to dream, but to work on those dreams so that we can make them true", Hernandez said. "This is very disappointing". "Obviously they are a proud team and have nothing to lose and are potentially unsafe".



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