Hernandez nets as Mexico see off South Korea

Mexico hold off South Korea to pile pressure on Germany

Mexico vs. South Korea final score, recap: Vela and Chicharito score, Lozano impresses in victory

Carlos Vela's penalty and a superbly-taken breakaway goal by Javier Hernandez gave Mexico a 2-1 World Cup Group F win over South Korea on Saturday which put them on the brink of a place in the last 16.

Hernandez and Carlos Vela scored a goal each at Rostov Arena.

Oddsmakers favor Mexico, most likely due to its stirring performance last Sunday in its upset win over Germany and overall World Cup pedigree - nine wins, seven draws and just two losses in its last 18 World Cup group-stage games.

Mexico will now have its eyes on Sweden and Germany.

Mexico is in almost complete control over South Korea at halftime at the World Cup despite just a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Carlos Vela penalty kick.

Korea saw an improvement from their opening defeat to Sweden although their main tactic consisted of searching for Son Heung-min with long balls behind the defensive line.

Juan Carlos Osorio's team dominated possession in the opening stages, and took the lead from the penalty spot on 26 minutes after Andres Guardado's cross into the box was clearly handled by a sliding Jang Hyun-soo. Defender Edson Alvarez replaced Hugo Ayala at the back.

- In the first half, Son Heung-min had six shots (including blocked attempts) - more than South Korea managed in the entirety of their first match against Sweden.

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia-There were plenty of teams to be afraid of at the start of this World Cup.

Vela and Hirving Lozano also had chances for Mexico, before the second goal arrived with 25 minutes to go through Mexican all-time top scorer Hernandez.

Carlos Vela stepped up to slot the ball home, sending South Korean goalkeeper Cho Hyun-Woo the wrong way from what was the 14th penalty in 28 games at Russian Federation 2018.

Mexico is now assured of a slot in the round of 16 and now joins hosts Russian Federation and Uruguay from Group A, France of Group B and Croatia in Group and Croatia of Group C. Mexico unsurprisingly overcame Germany in their opening game.

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