Andres Guardado calls for Mexico focus


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Mexico midfielder Andres Guardado says his side must maintain their focus after recording back-to-back victories at the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.

El Tricolor managed to pick up a 2-1 victory against South Korea in their second Group F clash and that win has kept Mexico top of their pool with one group game remaining.

Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez grabbed the goals for Juan Carlos Osorio’s side and just a point is required from the contest against Sweden on Wednesday to guarantee a place in the last-16.

Mexico have made it out of the group at a World Cup in the past seven tournaments but they have been knocked out at the last-16 stage in the previous six editions.

Real Betis midfielder Guardado, who has impressed in both games so far, says his side need to keep the momentum going and make sure they go far at the World Cup.

“Again, it’s not going to be worth anything if we end up staying in the round of 16. We have to go step by step and we really do want to have a historic World Cup for us,” he said.

“This that just happened isn’t what we came here to do. We see ourselves as being capable of achieving a lot more, and we know what we have in terms of pressure – that we have this infamous fifth game on our back and we’re trying to get not only to the fifth game but rather much farther. But, we’re going game by game.”

Mexico are 2.40 favourites to pick up the win against Sweden, a draw is priced at 3.30 whilst Blagult are a 3.10 chance to claim the spoils.

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