Mexico beat South Korea to close in on last 16

Bessie Dean
June 24, 2018

Mexico moved closer to qualifying for the last 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after beating South Korea 2-1 at the Rostov Arena in Russian Federation on Saturday.

Carlos Vela gave El Tri the lead in the first half from the penalty spot which was doubled by Javier Hernandez in the second half.

Mexico have taken a huge step towards the last-16 stage of the 2018 World Cup courtesy of a 2-1 win over South Korea in Rostov.

With little else to cheer in the match, the South Korean fans were lifted by an impressive injury-time strike from Tottenham forward Son Heung-min - their first goal of this World Cup - but it was too late to push for an equalizer. Germany (no points) face Sweden (three) later on Saturday.

It's the 50th career worldwide goal for Hernandez, known as "Chicharito".

Having upset defending champions Germany in their opening game in Group F, Mexico proved again they will be a test for any side should they reach the knockout stages. Vela converted from the penalty spot in the 26th minute after Jang Hyun-soo handled the ball while trying to stop a cross from Andres Guardado.

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"We didn't listen to the criticism", said Javier Hernandez, one of the scorers against South Korea.

Osorio made one change to the team that started against Germany last time out, with Edson Alvarez replacing Hugo Ayala in central defence.

South Korea will be eliminated if Sweden wins or draws.

El Tri's form, confidence and collective spirit in Russian Federation surprised everyone in its World Cup opener, and Juan Carlos Osorio's team won't pass up the chance to announce itself as Group F's team to beat when it faces South Korea.

Miguel Layun pressed for a second goal before the break but his shot from a low cross-field drive was tipped away by Jo Hyeon-woo.

Not to be outdone, Cho was at his best soon after, South Korea's goalkeeper lunging to his right to tip Hernandez's goal-bound shot wide.

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