Mexico see off South Korea to continue flawless World Cup start

Calvin Saunders
June 24, 2018

The Mexicans won their second straight match at the tournament, beating South Korea 2-1 Saturday to move ever closer to a spot in the round of 16.

Korea's talismanic forward Son Heung-min struck a scorching consolation goal in injury time from outside the area.

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

They have now gone eight World Cup matches without a win - going back to the group stages of 2010 - and face the daunting prospect of Germany in their final group game. This win followed one of the World Cup's most confounding upsets, when Mexico toppled Germany 1-0 in its opener.

Vela and Hirving Lozano also had chances for Mexico, before the second goal arrived with 25 minutes to go through Mexican all-time top scorer Hernandez.

Son then had three shots in the space of 10 seconds, but the Tottenham Hotspur attacker saw his first two efforts blocked before his third was deflected wide of the Mexico post for a corner, which saw Ki test Guillermo Ochoa with a header.

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Mexico were awarded a penalty when Jang Hyun-soo handled a cross from Andres Guardado after 23 minutes.

Mexico will clinch their place in the next round if Germany fail to beat Sweden in the other Group F game later on Saturday.

Mexico carried their momentum from an earthquake-inducing performance on Day One, to their fixture against two-time Asian Cup champs South Korea.

- In the first half, Son Heung-min had six shots (including blocked attempts) - more than South Korea managed in the entirety of their first match against Sweden.

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.

Carlos Vela stepped up to slot the ball home, sending South Korean goalkeeper Cho Hyun-Woo the wrong way from what was the 14th penalty in 28 games at Russian Federation 2018.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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