Sweden storm their way into the World Cup 2018 knockouts and defeated Mexico just follow them

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Rank outsiders Sweden stormed into World Cup 2018’s round of 16 thanks to a 3-0 win against Mexico, from which El Tri just scraped through.

The Scandinavians 95th-minute loss to Germany on Saturday made them unlikely qualifiers at Ekaterinburg Arena. Especially as Wednesday’s opponents had won both their previous Group F-fixtures – and in some style.

But after a goalless first half, Janne Andersson’s men burst into life. Full-back Ludwig Augustinsson lashed in on 50 minutes, skipper Andreas Granqvist converted his second penalty of the tournament and defender Edson Alvarez produced a clumsy own goal.

This result sent Sweden into ecstasy as table toppers and left Mexico requiring an upset from South Korea against the holders, which the Taeguk Warriors duly ensured with an incredible late triumph in Kazan.

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Marcos Rojo strikes stunning winner against Nigeria to send Argentina into World Cup knockouts

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Marcos Rojo emerged as the shock saviour as his stunning late volley sent Argentina through to World Cup 2018’s round of 16 at Nigeria’s expense thanks to a 2-1 win.

La Albiceleste’s tortured spell in Russia saw them come into the Group D-showdown at Saint Petersburg Stadium needing victory to stand any hope of avoiding a first group-stage elimination since 2002. Lionel Messi’s stupendous control of Ever Banega’s superb chipped pass and expert finish into the top corner in the 14th minute appeared to offer salvation.

But the Super Eagles started the stronger in the second half and drew level on 51 minutes when Victor Moses calmly stroked home a penalty after Javier Mascherano’s pull on Leon Balogun. This result was enough, at that stage, to see them advance for the second-successive edition.

Argentina toiled from this moment and didn’t register another attempt on goal until the 80th minute. Then the unlikely figure of centre-back Rojo stormed onto Gabriel Mercado’s cross and found the bottom corner in the 86th minute to spark scenes of unmitigated joy.

They now face France in the next stage.

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Best images as Spain finish top of Group B after 2-2 draw against Morocco

Sport360 staff 26/06/2018

Spain will face hosts Russia 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.

Spain, 2-1 down thanks to Morocco substitute Youssef En-Nesyri’s 81st minute header, were set to finish second and therefore take on Uruguay in the next round.

Their substitute Iago Aspas then flicked the ball into the net in the dying seconds and saw that the flag was up for offside – but the goal was subsequently given following a VAR review.

Spain had gone 1-0 down in the 14th minute when Khalid Boutaib punished a mix-up between Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos, before drawing level five minutes later through Isco’s strike.

While Fernando Hierro’s side – who survived a scare 10 minutes after the break as Nordin Amrabat’s strike hit the woodwork – snatched a point, Portugal were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran thanks to a late goal by their opponents.

It leaves Spain and Portugal level on five points each in first and second place, with goals scored putting the former ahead, and the latter set to face Group A winners Uruguay in the next round.

Here, we take a look at some of the best images from the game!

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