Ulises Jaimes (#19) celebrates after scoring in Mexico's 1-0 FIFA U 17 World Cup win over Sweden on October 25, 2013, at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. (FIFA via Getty Images)
AL AIN CITY, UAE – Mexico got a late-goal from Ulises Jaimes to defeat Sweden, 1-0, and advance to the FIFA U-17 World Cup’s Round of 16 as Group F runner-up on Friday at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium.
The CONCACAF champion will next meet Italy, which finished second in Group B, on Monday for a place in the quarterfinals.
Jaimes entered the game as a half-time substitute, but made his presence most felt as regulation time was elapsing. In the 86th minute, the Morelia prospect made a cunning run beyond the near post to head Ulises Rivas’ left-sided corner kick past goalkeeper Sixten Mohlin for the game-winning tally.
The Tricolor had the better of play in the first half and nearly went ahead in the 23rd minute, but Victor Zuniga’s left-footed shot following a 40-yard sprint was saved easily by Mohlin.
In the 69th minute, a right-footed attempt by Alejandro Diaz from just inside the 18-yard box forced Mohlin into an acrobatic save after taking a defection off a Swedish defender.
As the game wore on, Mohlin thwarted 74th minute substitute Marcos Granados, laying the groundwork for Jaimes’ heroics.
Mexico is looking to repeat as the U-17 world champion, winning the title two years ago on home soil.