FIFA World Cup: Mexico beat S Korea, edge towards last 16



ROSTOV-ON-DON {RUSSIA): Mexico beat South Korea with 2-1 victory in their Group F match in Rostov-on-Don on Saturday, edging towards the round of 16.


Mexico got goals from Carlos Vela and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, one in each half, to secure its second victory. Mexico dominated the match right from the beginning, holding the vast majority of possession as South Korea was forced to chase and hope for a counter.

Vela had given Mexico the much-needed lead in the 26 minutes when the former Arsenal forward converted from the penalty spot after Jang Hyun-soo had handled the ball while trying to stop a cross from Andres Guardado.

Hernandez doubled the advantage midway through the second half. It was his 50th international goal. Son Heung-min scored in the injury time to reduce the lead but it was a bit too late and proved futile as well. Apparently, South Korea was fairly toothless upfront.

Mexico which now has six points in its basket, hasn't exited a World Cup in the group stage since 1978. It is Mexico's second successive win in the tournament.

And as far as South Korea is concerned, winning against Germany can solely help them sail and prevent them from being knocked out with a group game remaining. Mexico could face Serbia, Switzerland or Brazil in the last 16, in the event of a draw against Belgium or England in the quarter-finals. ANI

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