Mexico too strong for South Korea

Danny Woods
June 24, 2018

The 2018 World Cup looks on course to set a new record for the number of penalties awarded. "It was just noise". 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.

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 risky.

Hernandez would not be denied again, though, the West Ham striker making no mistake in drilling in his landmark goal to send the raucous Mexican crowd into raptures.

The Taeguk Warriors of South Korea enter the Mexico contest with a seven-game World Cup winless streak.

Mexico had their second of the game in the 66th minute, however, when Hernandez collected a super pass from Lozano before finishing low into the bottom corner of the net to register his 50th worldwide goal.

Miguel Layun pressed for a second goal before the break but his shot from a low cross-field drive was tipped away by Jo Hyeon-woo. "Our talent and hard work have paid off".

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The Mexicans went into the game with confidence high after their shock 1-0 opening game victory over reigning champions Germany in Moscow last weekend, and made it two wins from two in Group F with a goal in each half in a well-deserved win over South Korea. "We've received a lot of praise, we the team, and we've tried to remain focused".

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. A volley from Vela skimmed the bar minutes later. The chant earned the country's soccer federation a fine after the previous match.

South Korea will face Germany at the same time in Kazan.

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