Mexico too strong for South Korea

Mexico too strong for South Korea

Mexico too strong for South Korea

Fueled with confidence from their opening World Cup victory over Germany, Mexico strolled to a 2-1 win over South Korea on Saturday - with their first goal coming from a penalty.

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

The victory has moved Juan Carlos Osorio's side onto six points in Group F, and they are now in a strong position to book their spot in the knockout round of the competition.

A win on the final matchday against Sweden would ensure Mexico finishes atop the group, and if Germany beats Sweden on Saturday as expected, a draw would also be enough for El Tri. Defender Edson Alvarez replaced Hugo Ayala at the back.

Son Heung-min's stunning long-range effort in stoppage time gave South Korea a glimmer of hope but it was too little too late.

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.

Son then put a ideal 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.

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They took the lead in Rostov-on-Don through Carlos Vela's penalty - the 14th of the tournament already - on 26 minutes after Jang Hyun-soo's handball.

With South Korea's defence in disarray, Jang clearly handled Andres Guardado's cross and referee Mazic did not hesitate in awarding the penalty, Vela stepping up and sending Cho Hyun-woo the wrong way.

Son Heung-Min of Korea Republic and Hwang Hee-chan of Korea Republic look dejected after losing to Mexico.

South Korea had been pegged back from the first whistle.

Mexico showed their quality on the break again when Miguel Layun fired in a cross that Lozano very almost got on the end of, but they did not have to wait much longer to take the lead.

A loose back-pass from Rafael Marquez put his team in trouble 15 minutes from time, but South Korea could not make the most of the present as Mexico kept their two-goal lead in tact. Mexico, however, held on.

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