Hernandez nets as Mexico see off South Korea

Hernandez nets as Mexico see off South Korea

Mexico, which upset reigning champion Germany in its June 17 opening match, was favored to win.

Marco Reus equalized in the 48th minute, meeting a low cross from Timo Werner, and despite having Jerome Boateng sent off in the 82nd minute, Germany kept going and Kroos earned them a famous win.

"I think that your question invites me to say we are our own enemies, however I don't think so", Osorio said when asked who Mexico's biggest enemy was now that so many people have jumped aboard the bandwagon. "Needless to say, this is a crucial game for us now".

After failing to generate any offense in a 4-3-3 setting against Sweden, South Korea head coach Shin Tae-yong reverted to a more familiar 4-4-2, with two players, midfielders Moon Seon-min and Ju Se-jong, making their World Cup debuts.

Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela scored a penalty to open the scoring in front of a vibrant crowd in Rostov-on-Don, with West Ham's Javier Hernandez adding the killer second after half-time.

The second-half began more equally but it was Cho who was once again called into action just before the hour, tipping a deflected Andres Guardado effort behind for a corner.

Two minutes later, Vela struck it past keeper Jo Hyeon-woo with his left foot for a lead that Mexico would never relinquish.


Only a Germany win will prevent South Korea being knocked out with a group game remaining. "Our talent and hard work have paid off".

"They were probably thinking back to the history of [matches between] Germany and Mexico, Germany probably thought they would be able to win easily and Mexico probably prepared thoroughly".

"Every match, we insist on being fully focused and not losing that message".

"If you look at the Korean team, we are facing a lot of difficulties".

In stoppage time, South Korea snatched a small consolation, a momentary thrill, when forward Son Heung-min - the team's most unsafe player throughout the game - cracked a twisting thunderbolt of a shot with his left foot that went just inside the far, left post from about 25 yards. Mexican fans may not fear this South Korea team, but they won't have peace of mind until Mexico's name is written in ink at the top of the group.

Mexico relied on keeping possession and long-range shots, with a powerful attempt from Guardado forcing an athletic save from Jo in the second half.

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.

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