Factbox: Mexico vs Sweden

Reuters , Tuesday 26 Jun 2018,

Mexico play Sweden in a World Cup Group F match in Yekaterinburg on Wednesday.

Where:Ekaterinburg Arena

Capacity: 35,696

When:Wednesday June 27, 1900 local (1400 GMT/1000 ET)

Referee:Nestor Pitana (Argentina)

Key stats:

* Mexico only need a draw against Sweden to seal their qualification for the round of 16 for the seventh tournament in a row.

 * Mexico could potentially be eliminated if they were to lose to Sweden and Germany were to beat South Korea, based on either goal difference, goals scored or fair play points.

 * Their 2-1 victory over South Korea on Saturday gave them back-to-back wins at a World Cup for the first time since 2002.

 * Javier Hernandez became the first Mexican player to score 50 goals for the national team when he netted against South Korea. He is also the third player to score at three different World Cups for Mexico.

* Mexico have failed to get beyond the last 16 since 1986, when they reached the quarter-finals as tournament hosts.

 * Sweden will qualify if they draw against Mexico and South Korea beat Germany.

 * The Scandinavians can secure a last-16 spot regardless of Germany's result if they beat Mexico by a margin of two or more goals.

 * Their defeat by Germany marked the first time since 1990 that Sweden lost a World Cup group game, ending a streak of 10 group matches unbeaten.

 * Sweden have not defeated a North or Central American nation since their home World Cup in 1958, when they beat Mexico.

 * The winner of the group will take on the runners up of Group E, which could be Brazil, Switzerland or Serbia. The runners up from the group will face the winners of Group E.

Previous meetings:The two sides have met on nine previous occasions, with Sweden getting the better of Mexico four times.

The only World Cup tie between the sides took place in 1958 in Sweden, when the home side won 3-0.

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