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

Posted June 24, 2018

"We can not afford to get caught up in all this, we have to continue our job and stay humble, of course we should enjoy this but tomorrow we start working again". "We are going to enjoy it", Hernandez said.

Hernandez and Carlos Vela scored a goal each at Rostov Arena.

Mexico's breakthrough came when captain Andres Guardado's cross was blocked by a stray arm from Korean defender Jang Hyun-soo, and Vela kept his nerve from the spot, sending goalkeeper Cho Hyeon-woo the wrong way and stroking the ball home.

Mexico's most famous soccer export, Javier "Chicharito" Hernández, added a second goal to El Tri's scoresheet in the second half to ensure victory after a breakaway play by the first match's goal scorer Hirving Lozano, who again impressed with his pace and skill.

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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.

"Very often when you play countries or teams with less of a footballing history, human beings tend to rest on their laurels a little bit". "We've received a lot of praise, we the team, and we've tried to remain focused". Heung-Min Son scored in the stoppage time to half the deficit but in the end it was no more than a consolation.

Vela nearly turned provider two minutes later with a neat ball into Layun, but the former Watford man lashed his effort over from close range.

At the very least, the Taegeuk Warriors can take pride in the fact that they did produce something better than the insipid display in the 1-0 loss to Sweden. Mexico relied on keeping possession and long-range shots, with a powerful attempt from Andreas Guardado forcing an athletic save from Jo in the second half.

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The Mexican federation had made a strenuous effort to encourage the fans to not do the chant, with players also getting involved, but FIFA still issued a $10,000 fine for "discriminatory and insulting chants" after it was heard in Mexico's opening game against Germany.

Mexico can secure a place in the Round of 16 with a win over South Korea, which must avoid defeat in order to have any chance of reaching the knockout stage of the tournament.

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