Mexico close in on last 16 with 2-1 South Korea win

Carla Harmon
June 23, 2018

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.

Mexico will reach the last 16 should Sweden beat Germany in Saturday's final game, kicking-off at 19:00 BST. Lozano probed the South Korean defense and laid the ball off to Hernandez, who became the first Mexican worldwide to score 50 goals for his country.

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.

But it was Mexico still showing more quality in attack and Jo had to dive full-length to block Guardado's shot. If Germany fails to win, Mexico locks up a spot in the round of 16. 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.


Before their opening goal, however, it was South Korea that created the better chances.

But Mexico's penalty in the 27th minute was clear.

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.

- South Korea have conceded a goal via a penalty in both of their World Cup games so far in 2018 - in their previous 29 World Cup games combined, they only conceded one penalty goal.


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.

Lozano fired high and wide of the South Korea crossbar early in the second period as Mexico continued to threaten, before Moon Seon-min had a strike blocked by Carlos Salcedo down the other end.

Mexico had their second of the game in the 66th minute, however, when Hernandez collected a super pass from Lozano before finishing low into the bottom corner of the net to register his 50th worldwide goal.


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