Sweden beat World Cup-bound Mexico

 A goal and an assist from Mattias Svanberg led Sweden to a 2-1 win over Mexico who failed to secure a confidence-boosting victory on Wednesday in their last game before the World Cup in Qatar.

Sweden took the lead in the 54th minute when Svanberg drib­bled past several opponents and crossed from the left for midfield­er Marcus Rohden to slot the ball home.

Mexico winger Alexis Vega equalised five minutes later after collecting a pass from midfielder Hector Herrera in the centre of the pitch.

Svanberg restored Sweden’s lead in the 84th minute when he latched on to a deflected strike and placed a shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

Mexico striker Raul Jimenez came on in the second half, return­ing to action after more than three months out due to a groin injury.

Mexico arrived in Qatar yester­day ahead of their opening game against Poland on November 22.

They also face Argentina and Saudi Arabia in Group C. – Reuters

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