Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Mexico win, on verge of knockout round

Mexico win, on verge of knockout round

Mexico almost doubled the lead two minutes after Vela's goal.

South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng (center) shouts at the referee during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F match between South Korea and Mexico at Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on June 23, 2018.

South Korea will now nearly certainly be playing for nothing more than pride in their final group game against Germany, while Mexico can look ahead with excitement and optimism.

All-time top scorer Javier Hernandez sealed victory in the second half, finishing off an unstoppable move from breakout player Hirving Lozano.

As for South Korea, they are in much more of a dire situation after losing 1-0 to Sweden.

South Korea are last in Group F with two losses, but if they beat Germany and Sweden lose to Mexico, the Taeguk Warriors may advance to the round of 16 with Mexico.

"We have had two good matches and I think we have devoted more attention to this match today with South Korea than our match with Germany".

And though Carlos Vela made his direct impact through scoring from the penalty spot against South Korea, the Los Angeles FC forward has been Mexico's key creator at the World Cup.

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Mexico all-but secured safe passage to the round of 16 for a seventh straight World Cup as they eased to victory over South Korea in Rostov.

Chicharito also recorded an assist in the first game, setting up Lozano for his goal against Germany. Throughout the game Son came across as a player under pressure, he is the star man and it shows.

"In the end we haven't achieved anything", said the 31-year-old.

Marco Reus equalized in the 48th minute, meeting a low cross from Timo Werner, and despite having Jerome Boateng sent off in the 82nd minute, Germany kept going and Kroos earned them a famous win. Joshua Kimmich and Marvin Plattenhardt were both used as attacking outlets by the world champions, but this left Die Mannschaft exposed. The shutout was Mexico's sixth in its past eight games.

Of those duels won by Mexico, 33 have been tackles, more than any other team in the tournament, with Hector Herrera leading the way for El Tri with seven.

Mexico started aggressively, pressuring their rivals all over the field, while South Korea was happy to sit back and wait for some chances through counter-attacks, but it was clear that Mexico is a better side than the Taegeuk Warriors.

"Germany probably thought they would be an easy opponent", he said.

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