A controversial Chicharito goal gave Mexico a win over South Korea

World Cup 2018 South Korea vs Mexico Pressure On Son Heung Min To Save South Korea

World Cup 2018 South Korea vs Mexico Pressure On Son Heung Min To Save South Korea

The criticism of Mexico's national team heading into the World Cup was loud and scathing.

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 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.

Mexico is in almost complete control over South Korea at halftime at the World Cup despite just a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Carlos Vela penalty kick. "We have humility but we beat Germany and South Korea and now we have to play against Sweden and stay cool and calm", goalscorer Hernandez said. Carlos Vela sent Jo the wrong way for the first goal of the game.

Vela converted from the penalty spot in the 26th minute after Jang Hyun-soo handled the ball while trying to stop a cross from Andres Guardado.

Mexico were looking to build on their famous victory over the defending champions Germany in the group opener and, after a slow start this weekend, Javier Hernandez headed wide from a free-kick by Hector Moreno. South Korea lost its opening match. "We've received a lot of praise, we the team, and we've tried to remain focused".

Carlos Vela got the Mexicans on their way at the Rostov Arena with a 26th-minute penalty, before Javier Hernandez wrapped up the three points with a second six minutes after the hour mark.

Meanwhile, South Korea were condemned to an early exit after losing their opening two matches despite Heung-Min Son scoring a spectacular consolation strike in stoppage time.

Ki Sung-yueng threatened in the 56th minute with a ferocious drive that Guillermo Ochoa could only gather at the second attempt, before Cho did well two minutes later to keep out a curler by Guardado at full stretch.

Mexican fans avoided using a chant, which is considered to be homophobic by Federation Internationale de Football Association, against the opposing goalkeeper.

Mexico will face Sweden on Wednesday in Yekaterinburg with a chance to win Group F, a prospect that could set up a match against Brazil in the round of 16. But history was not on Mexico's side because it had not won back-to-back matches at a World Cup since 2002.

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