Mexico sink South Korea to edge towards World Cup last 16

Esequiel Farfan
Junio 23, 2018

Carlos Vela gave Mexico the lead with that penalty after Korean defender Jang Hyun-soo blocked Andres Guardado's cross with his arm inside the area, before the nation's all-time leading goalscorer Javier Hernandez doubled their lead in the second half with his 50th global goal.

Son's sublime 20-yard strike into the top-left corner punctured Mexico's defence in the third minute of stoppage time, but it would prove little more than a consolation as South Korea slumped to a second successive defeat.

The hapless Koreans, who have no points after two games and have only won one of their last 11 World Cup fixtures, will be eliminated if Sweden draw or win against Germany.

South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong stuck to his attacking line up but shook up his midfield with Ju Se-jong and Moon Seon-min coming in for Park Joo-ho and Koo Ja-cheol, as the 2002 semifinalists seek to recover from their opening 1-0 loss to Sweden.

If Germany lose to Sweden in the evening's Group F game at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi then Joachim Löw's side will be out. They gave away a free-kick on the edge of the area and when Miguel Layun delivered to the edge of the area Hernandez headed over.

Mexico, shock winners over Germany in their opening game, went ahead in the 26th minute when Vela sent goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo the wrong way from the spot after Andres Guardado's cross hit the outstretched arm of Jang Hyun-soo at close range.

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

Son then put a flawless corner on to South Korea captain Ki Sung Yeung's head but he failed to keep his header down and it sailed over Guillermo Ochoa's bar.

Vela then curled a shot high and wide after a quick break.

Lozano was not slowed down, however, and on 66 minutes, Mexico's hero in their win over Germany, set up Hernandez for the second goal.

It was not always smooth sailing for Juan Carlos Osorio's side, though, with Lee Yong and Son Heung-min passing up presentable opportunities in the early stages.

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