Rostov-on-Don: Mexico beat South Korea with a graceful 2-1 victory in their Group F match in Rostov-on-Don on Saturday.
Mexico got goals from Carlos Vela and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, one in each half, to secure its second victory.
Mexico dominated the match right from the beginning, holding the vast majority of possession as South Korea was forced to chase and hope for a counter.
Vela had given Mexico the much-needed lead in the 26 minutes in Rostov-on-Don when the former Arsenal forward converted from the penalty spot after Jang Hyun-soo had handled the ball while trying to stop a cross from Andres Guardado.
Hernandez doubled the advantage midway through the second half.
It was his 50th international goal.
Son Heung-min scored in the injury time to reduce the lead but it was a bit too late and proved futile as well.
Apparently, South Korea was fairly toothless upfront.
Mexico which now has six points in its basket, hasn’t exited a World Cup in the group stage since 1978.
It is Mexico’s second successive win in the tournament.
Mexico will reach the last 16 should Sweden beat Germany in Saturday’s final game.
And as far as South Korea is concerned, winning against Germany can solely help South Korea sail and prevent them from being knocked out with a group game remaining. (ANI)