Viewing parties set for Mexico-South Korea World Cup game

Dean Simpson
June 26, 2018

Mexico laid one foot in the World Cup's last 16 and left South Korea on the brink of elimination after goals from Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela clinched a 2-1 victory in Rostov on Saturday.

Saturday was no different, except their route to victory in a key World Cup group game at Russian Federation 2018 was anything but simple for the four-time world champions.

"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.

"Obviously, I'm responsible for not being able to score a goal, because I'm one of the goalscorers in this team".

Mexico has all but sealed its passage through to the second round of the World Cup in Russian Federation after a 2-1 win today against South Korea in hot conditions in Rostov-on-Don.

Coach Juan Carlos Osorio, the object of their affections, arrived in Russian Federation this month beneath a hailstorm of criticism from all corners of Mexico.

"Our players, I think, played a game that they will not regret", Shin added. Heung-Min Son scored in the stoppage time to half the deficit but in the end it was no more than a consolation.

Mexico are joint top of group F with Sweden, who beat South Korea 1-0 in their first game.

Mexico showed their quality on the break again when Miguel Layun fired in a cross that Lozano very almost got on the end of, but they did not have to wait much longer to take the lead.

- Mexico have reached the last 16 at each of the last six World Cup tournaments. The Mexicans were awarded the penalty after Jang Hyun-soo handled the ball while trying to stop a cross from Andres Guardado.

Vela stepped up and coolly sent Cho Hyun-woo the wrong way to mark his 70th cap with the opening goal.

Before Javier Hernandez made it 2-0 for Mexico in the 66th minute, South Korean captain Ki Sung-yueng was dribbling the ball in the midfield, but he was brought down by Hector Herrera.

Jeonbuk Motors star Lee, named the K-League's best player in 2017, called on the team to do everything they can to maximise Son's talents.

South Korea remain without a point following narrow defeats to Sweden and now Mexico.

The win puts Mexico in the driver's seat heading into their final match in the Group Stage.

Guardado echoed the thoughts of his coach, saying: "In my view it's true that our victory against Germany has given us perhaps a greater degree of responsibility and we have to keep playing as well as we did and we have to have the same mindset as well". Tomorrow will be a very important game and we want to give you pleasure with his game.

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