Mexico defeats South Korea 2-1

24 June 2018, 01:43 | Santos Harmon

MEXICO: Guillermo Ochoa, Edson Alvarez, Carlos Salcedo, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado (Rafael Marquez 68'), Miguel Layun, Carlos Vela (Giovani dos Santos 77'), Hirving Lozano (Jesus Corona 71'), Javier Hernandez.

Striker Javier Hernandez scored his 50th worldwide goal to help Mexico take a big step towards the last 16 of the World Cup with an impressive 2-1 win over South Korea.

Mexico's all-time leading scorer was well marshalled by South Korea's defense for much of Saturday's clash in Rostov-on-Don, but took his chance when it came in the 66th minute, slotting home in composed fashion at the culmination of a wonderful counterattack.

Mexico opened its World Cup by upsetting defending champion Germany, 1-0.

If Mexico's qualification isn't confirmed today, the national team will have the chance to determine its own fate in its third and final group match against Sweden in Ekaterinburg on Wednesday. "We are going to enjoy it", Hernandez said.

"We can not afford to get caught up in all this, we have to continue our job and stay humble, of course we should enjoy this but tomorrow we start working again".

But, six minutes before the half-hour mark, El Tricolor were handed the ideal opportunity to open the scoring when opposition defender Jang Hyun-soo needlessly went to the ground in an attempt to block an Andres Guardado cross - only to handle the ball inside the area.

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Hernandez's 50th goal for Mexico proved to be the match-winner.

Korea's talismanic forward Son Heung-min struck a scorching consolation goal in stoppage time from outside the area. - In the first half, Son Heung-min had six shots (including blocked attempts) - more than South Korea managed in its entire first match against Sweden.

Vela nearly turned provider two minutes later with a neat ball into Layun, but the former Watford man lashed his effort over from close range. However, FIFA sanctioned the Mexican federation for its use during every one of El Tri's World Cup qualifying matches, though some of the fines were waived on appeal.

Mexico made it two wins out of two as they edged out South Korea in their Group F match against South Korea in Rostov.

The record for penalties at the World Cup stands at 18 in 2002.

Mexico is now 2-0 in the tournament and in strong position to advance to the elimination round, while South Korea is 0-2 and has nearly no chance of advancing.



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