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Germany's Toni Kroos scores against Sweden

Brazil struggled in its first two matches, first held to a 1-1 draw and then needing late goals to win the other.

Mexico, undone on the counter attack and from the penalty spot before conceding an own goal, joined Sweden in reaching the next round as runners-up despite the defeat after the defending champions also lost.

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Instead, Mexico's goalkeeper has broken it down to the basics: Beat Sweden on Wednesday in distant Yekaterinburg, on the border separating Asia from Europe, and the team moves on.

If Mexico beats Sweden on Wednesday it would win its group with a flawless record, something it has never achieved in its long World Cup history. "Obviously they are a proud team and have nothing to lose and are potentially unsafe".

Brazil defender Thiago Silva, left, is congratulated on his goal by forward Neymar during their World Cup Group E match against Serbia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday. With the sweet victory, the European team advanced to the round of 16 stages and usurped Mexico from the top spot in the group table of FIFA World Cup. The game had barely kicked off when the fullback, who plays his club soccer for Monterrey, put in a lunging challenge on Sweden striker Ola Toivonen. "We don't want to stir things up too much".

Sweden were very close to beating Germany and were denied at point by Toni Kroos in the last minute of the game. - Sweden registered just 24 percent possession in its 2-1 loss to Germany, its lowest figure in a World Cup match since 1966.

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However, the 55-year-old coach is not taking Mexico lightly, with "El Tri" having already beaten Germany and South Korea.

The third and final goal was an own goal after the ball deflected off the leg of Mexican defender Edson Álvarez and past Ochoa into the goal.

Hernandez needs one goal to make him Mexico's all-time leading scorer in World Cup play with five.

With the game fading into injury time and Sweden certain of victory, Mexican fans began to think what was before the game unthinkable - possible elimination.

"We hadn't done any sort of mathematical calculations", Ochoa said at a news conference.

PSV star Hirving Lozano and West Ham's Javier Hernandez have grabbed the spotlight for Mexico so far in Russian Federation, but captain Andres Guardado has been a key figure at the base of El Tri's midfield, marshaling his teammates and combining well with fellow pivot Hector Herrera to break up opposition attacks and trigger his own team's forays forward.

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