An early penalty gave Mexico all three points in their Group G match against Sweden tonight, which could have been far worse for the European side who were second-best throughout the game in Porto Alegre.
Feredrik Stoor made a clumsy challenge on Carlos Vela after just five minutes, and Lee Probert pointed to the spot. Andreas Isaksson guessed right, but couldn’t keep out the spot kick from Javier Hernández, with the Real Madrid man scoring his 46th Mexican goal.
Ángel Reyna should have doubled the lead five minutes later when he side-stepped Wernbloom and smashed a shot against the bar from 10 yards out.
Mexican will be sweating on the fitness of Carlos Vela who was carried off ten minutes in to the second-half, landing awkwardly and heavily on his hip after an innocuous aerial challenge. Early reports suggest that the Sociedad striker’s tournament is over, though the defeat confirms that it definitely is for the Swedes.
On Friday, Mexico play Argentina and Sweden face an Australian side with one hand on a place in the last sixteen.
FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 MATCH 32: GROUP G MEXICO 1-0 SWEDEN Hernández (pen) 6 Porto Alegre
GROUP G P W D L F A GD Pts 1. Australia 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4 2. Mexico 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4 3. Argentina 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3 4. Sweden 2 0 0 2 1 3 -2 0 x