Mexico defeats South Korea 2-1


The answer has been emphatic.

Mexico moved to the brink of the World Cup knockout rounds with a 2-1 win over South Korea in Rostov-on-Don on Saturday.

South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong said "hot weather could be another factor in this match". "It was just noise".

On the side, having earlier stunned defending champions Germany, Mexico are sitting pretty atop Group F with six points.

Mexico is the betting favorite, and it would be extremely hard to argue for anything else after El Tri's tremendous performance against Germany, but teams with their backs against the wall can be unsafe. We saw a quite interesting game that went in the over of the total of 2.5 goals at +100 after plenty of scoring chances on both sides of the pitch.

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Mexico didn't come to the World Cup to win one game against Germany and lose the other two, and it didn't come to the World Cup to win the first two games and lose the next two, either. Carlos Vela converted the penalty with a wonderful strike sending the keeper the wrong way to give his side a 1-0 advantage.

They took the lead in Rostov-on-Don through Carlos Vela's penalty - the 14th of the tournament already - on 26 minutes after Jang Hyun-soo's handball.

With a 2-0 lead in the second half, El Tri faithful took to chanting "Profe Osorio" in support of the team's Colombian coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who before the tournament had been heavily criticized by pundits and a football-loving public for his tactics and management of the national team.

Vela was made to wait by goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, who played for time by swigging his water and chatting to his team-mates, but there was no mistake.

Toni Kroos' last-minute victor for Germany against Sweden later on Saturday means Mexico need a point against Sweden in their final group match to guarantee progress.

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Although there were periods of the game where Mexico struggled to create much, you always sensed that they were not far off from a moment where they could create a chance.

"Very often when you play countries or teams with less of a footballing history, human beings tend to rest on their laurels a little bit".

"Every match, we insist on being fully focused and not losing that message". "We've received a lot of praise, we the team, and we've tried to remain focused".

A stoppage time 20-yard rocket from Spurs' Son Heung Min came too late to save South Korea from defeat as Mexico looked strong contenders for reaching the last 16.

The South Koreans, who have lost their opening two matches, kept Ochoa under pressure throughout the match with Son often out-sprinting the Mexican defence.

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