The duo of Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez scored a goal each to place Mexico, which trouble defending champion Germany in its opening game, closer to a spot in the knock out stage by defeating South Korea 2-1 this evening at the World Cup.
Mexico took the lead when Vela converted from the penalty spot in the 26th minute. The Mexicans were awarded the penalty following Jang Hyun-soo’s handling of the ball while trying to stop a cross from Andres Guardado.
Hernandez added the second in the 66th, scoring his 50th goal for Mexico. He hit the ball low past goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo after collecting a pass from Hirving Lozano.
Son Heung-min scored gave South Korea a consolation goal in injury time, when he sent a powerful shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
The South Koreans, who have lost their opening two games, kept Ochoa under pressure all through the game with Son often out-sprinting the Mexican defense.
Mexico's spot in the knockout stages will be guaranteed if Sweden beats Germany on Monday night but even if Sweden loses, Mexico will go through if they don’t lose against the Swedes in their final group match.
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