Mexican boss Juan Carlos Osorio probably thought he’d need at least a draw against Sweden to get through to the knockout rounds.
That explains his disappointment with his team’s 3-0 loss on Wednesday, which fortunately for El Tri came while Germany was busy getting upset by South Korea.
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Mexico handled Germany and South Korea well in his first two matches of the World Cup, but was overrun by group-winning Sweden. And he did not appreciate the performance of other side.
“I respect Sweden’s style of play, but I don’t agree with it,” he said. “My sin was to be a purist, it’s taught me a lot of lessons. We need to find a middle way to stop opponents in the air but still play our own style. Sweden are very strong in the air and very good at defending so we have learned a lot today.”
Mexico’s bid to become the third 3-0 team of the tournament fell short, and now it’s Brazil on the docket. The sides drew 0-0 at the 2014 World Cup, but Brazil has won the last five meetings dating back to Mexico’s 2-0 win at the 2007 Copa America.