Mexico take on Sweden in a tricky fixture in the Geoup F as a draw will ensure the Mexicans top spot in the group. Sweden will also require a win to ensure their part in the knock outstages.
Match Details: Mexico vs Sweden
Date: 27th June
Time: 19.30 IST
Venue:Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Setting the Scene:
Mexico won their last game against South Korea and currently on 6 points. Javier Hernandez scored the winner for the Mexicans on that day, also happened to be his 50h International goal.
Sweden in the other game took the lead against Germany but were eventually undone by a sublime Toni Kroos goal in the stoppage time of the match. They are on 3 points, same as the defending champions Germany.
Mexico have no injury concerns and their coach Juan Carlos Osorio will aim to field an unchanged side. Edson Alvarez came in place of Hugo Ayala in the last game, and is expected to retain his place. Carlos Vela and Hirving Lozano will start along with Javier Hernandez while Giovani Dos Santos will start from bench.
Swedish also have no injury problems and their coach must start Ola Toivonen, who scored against Germany.
Mexico is in a commanding position at the top of Group F, although Germany’s dramatic late winner in a 2-1 victory over Sweden means, should results go against them on the final matchday, El Tri could yet fail to progress. Mexicans have had a bitter sweet relation with their coach but in this world cup it has been all smiles. And Keeper Guillermo Ochoa said recently that the praises what their coach is getting is just. Sweden will be looking to undo the Mexican defense and stop Mexico from qualifying for the last 16, something they have accomplished in their all previous six world cups.
Probable Line Up:
The match will be broadcast live on SONY TEN 2 from 19.30 IST on Wednesday for the Indian viewers.