Mexico wins again at World Cup, beats South Korea 2-1

Mexico wins again at World Cup, beats South Korea 2-1

Mexico moved a step closer to round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup after recording a 2-1 win over Korea Republic in Rostov on Saturday.

The result means that Mexico could qualify if Germany fail to beat Sweden on Saturday evening, while South Korea will need a mathematical miracle to make it to the knockout stages.

Although chances are slim, Shin said they will go for their chances.

Mexico, though, stunned holders Germany by the same scoreline in Moscow, leaving El Tri in a position of strength ahead of the clash at Rostov Arena.

Osorio admitted he didn't know exactly how South Korea would be lining up tactically in Rostov, but said he had a plan A and plan B depending on how the Asian side approach the game.

No team at the 2018 World Cup has made more fast breaks than Mexico, with the Central American side leading the way with nine spread across their two games.

Mexico which now has six points in its basket, hasn't exited a World Cup in the group stage since 1978.

Ex Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez scored the victor for Mexico in the 66th minute after receiving a superb pass from Hirving Lozano.

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.




"I think it had an impact on us and now we are very much united having gone through very hard moments", midfielder Andres Guardado told a news conference on Friday.

"I thought about these players quite a lot".

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how defending champions Germany got their title defence off to a losing start after bowing to Mexico in their opening Group F encounter at the Luzhniki Stadium. "We have a good group of players and human beings".

Tom Marshall covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC.

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

The next highest are Sweden and Portugal who were both fouled 23 times when they played South Korea and Morocco respectively.

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.

After the match - as is usual - passionate soccer fans spilled into the streets all over the country to celebrate the victory, including Mexico City where the capital's annual gay pride march is also being held today.

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