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2018 FIFA World Cup: Mexico advances to knockout stage despite loss to Sweden

Posted: 8:55 AM, Jun 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-27 16:30:32Z
Mexico moves on in 2018 World Cup
Mexico moves on in 2018 World Cup
Mexico moves on in 2018 World Cup
Mexico moves on in 2018 World Cup

(KGTV) - Despite a 3-0 loss to Sweden, Mexico advanced to the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup Wednesday after South Korea scored two late goals to beat Germany 2-0 in their match.

Sweden used three second-half goals -- one of them an own-goal by a Mexico defender -- to take the match and also advance to the next round.

After a 0-0 first half, the Swedes opened the scoring several minutes into the second half on a short shot by Ludvig Augustinsson. In the 62nd minute, Sweden struck again when Andreas Granquvist scored on a penalty kick after a tackle within the penalty area by a Mexican player.

In the 74th minute, Mexico defender Edson Alvarez inadvertently knocked the ball into his own goal to give Sweden its 3-0 lead.

In a match played at virtually the same time, South Korea scored two goals to top Germany in stoppage time -- a result that propelled Mexico into the next round based on goal differential within Group F.

Mexico defeated the defending World Cup champion Germany in their first match.