The holders are left needing to better Sweden's result in the final round of games - against South Korea and Mexico respectively - if they are to go through, while the chances of Germany meeting Brazil in the round of 16 boosted by Mexico's earlier win over South Korea.
Son Heung-Min's late goal was not enough as Mexico clinched a narrow 2-1 victory in a Group F tie of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the Rostov Arena on Saturday. We saw a quite interesting game that went in the over of the total of 2.5 goals at +100 after plenty of scoring chances on both sides of the pitch.
Mexico are ready for the challenge of meeting the heightened expectations generated by their shock victory over Germany, boss Juan Carlos Osorio has said. In the dying moments, South Korea had a couple of shots blocked by Mexican defenders crowding the box.
Guardado is part of a core of veterans who no doubt have been in the ear of El Tri's players who made standout World Cup debuts.
The West Ham United striker also levelled Luis Hernandez as Mexico's joint-top scorer at the World Cup with four and, by the looks of it, will have at least two more games to take the record outright.
Mexico tallied again in the 66th minute after forcing a midfield turnover - on a play that South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong believed was a foul - and then finishing off a sweeping counterattack with a deft shot by Javier Hernández.
"I think it had an impact on us and now we are very much united having gone through very hard moments", midfielder Andres Guardado told a news conference on Friday.
Mexico were awarded a penalty when Jang Hyun-soo handled a cross from Andres Guardado after 23 minutes. It has been a well-deserved victory, the team performed individually in a fabulous way.
He added: "I just hope we don't rest on our laurels, and we don't take the pedal off the gas and tomorrow will be another great game for us".
At halftime Germany trailed Sweden 1-0 following Ola Toivonen's sensational finish and were 45 minutes away from a humiliating group stage exit from the World Cup.
And all of them should be afraid of Mexico.
Mexican fans avoided using a chant, which is considered to be homophobic by Federation Internationale de Football Association, against the opposing goalkeeper. Postgame fines from FIFA for use of the slur have essentially become an everyday part of the Mexican federation's match-day expenditures.