Mexico pip South Korea in Group F tie

Mexico pip South Korea in Group F tie

In the earlier Group F game in Rostov-on-Don, Mexico strolled to a 2-1 win over South Korea, fueled with confidence from their opening victory over Germany.

Mexico took the lead through a Carlos Vela penalty - the 14th of the tournament already - in the 26th minute after Jang Hyun-Soo's handball.

The Taeguk Warriors are in dire need of a win if they are to remain in contention for the last 16, having lost 1-0 to Sweden in their tournament opener in Nizhny Novgorod.

Mexico would be assured of a berth in the knockout round Saturday with a victory over South Korea and a loss or tie by Germany against Sweden later Saturday.

Mexico's second goal could have knocked the stuffing out of South Korea as Hernandez cut inside his marker and scuffed a finish past a helpless Cho, but still the 2002 semi finalists continued to fight and attempt to mount a comeback. Carlos Vela calmly struck the ensuing penalty kick to the left of goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, sending the crowd into hysterics and huge quantities of beer into the air above the stands.

He told "What's the point of us winning [against Germany] if we then go and lose to Sweden or Korea Republic?".

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66' GOAL! Hernandez strikes from Lozano's swift counter-attack and ensuing cross from the right wing. "We're not qualified, they don't give you more points for beating Germany and our worst enemy could be ourselves if we think the win has any extra value".

In his two games so far, Marquez has won three duels and one tackle which may not seem impressive on the face of it, but those average out to 7.11 duels and 2.37 tackles per 90 minutes.

South Korea threatened again nine minutes later, Son breaking clear of Mexico's line before letting rip with a low drive that Hector Moreno did well to keep out. The shutout was Mexico's sixth in its past eight games.

Mexico started their World Cup campaign with an excellent performance and victory over Germany, this put them on some people's radars as the potential dark horse, but would their performances going forward be at the same level?

"Germany probably thought they would be an easy opponent", he said. And that's exactly what South Korea will be on Saturday.

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