Mexico's 2-1 victory over South Korea silences critics

Mexico's 2-1 victory over South Korea silences critics

Mexico's 2-1 victory over South Korea silences critics

South Korea found themselves trailing Mexico 1-0 in their second Group F contest at the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation on Saturday.

Nonetheless, Mexico did double their lead in the 66th minute with a counterattack that brought back memories of their victor against Germany.

Herrera kicked Ki from behind and made contact with his ankles, causing the South Korean to fall and allowing Mexico to break.

Hernandez was on the end of a lightning break that bore all the hallmarks of the team's goal against Germany, cutting inside from the left and bobbling the ball past Cho for his 50th worldwide goal.

It was Spurs man Son Heung-Min who looked the most unsafe for South Korea, who otherwise played a more defensive game, picking up only a fraction of possession.

Hernandez's strike means Mexico will progress to the last 16 if Germany fails to beat Sweden, with Son Heung-min's added-time stunner not enough to stop South Korea from staring at a potential group-stage exit.

Conditioned by the dry heat that has been a feature of every game at the Rostov Arena, Mexico did not quite have the same thrust and energy as against Germany, although they still controlled most of the play and looked far more unsafe.

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Mexico's first goal, which came in the 26th minute, was the result of a hand ball call on defender Jang Hyun-soo, whose arm deflected the ball as he attempted a slide tackle in front of South Korea's goal.

We had South Korea as the worst team in the tournament at the outset and they did little against Sweden to change our opinion.

Mexico's second goal could have knocked the stuffing out of South Korea as Hernandez cut inside his marker and scuffed a finish past a helpless Cho, but still the 2002 semi finalists continued to fight and attempt to mount a comeback.

Son struggled to impose himself in the opening game, but Shin is hopeful the Tottenham forward will fare better against Mexico, and agreed with the assessment of a journalist who suggested the former Bayer Leverkusen star should now be considered the Asian Football Confederation's top talent. It's not breaking the equator, this tournament has already surpassed the Brazilian 2014 world Cup according to the number appointed 11-metre blows (14 vs 13).

In the end, Mexico had the ball in the possession for 58% of the time, taking 13 shots on goal, five on target.

Mexico has reached the round of 16 in six straight World Cups, but the team has not advanced to the quarterfinals since playing at home in 1986. Only two teams have been more successful in their duels so far, but those have both played just one game.

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