Mexico close in on last 16 with South Korea win


Mexico crushed the World Cup 2014 victor Germany, while South Korea lost to Sweden in their first matches in Group F, APA reports.

The criticism of Mexico's national team heading into the World Cup was loud and scathing.

Mexico captain Andres Guardado has claimed that his team can build on their 1-0 win over Germany when they face South Korea in their second game of the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Korea vs Mexico football match will kick off at 2030 hrs IST on Saturday. "It was just noise".

The goal was Hernandez's fourth strike at a World Cup and took him level with Luis Hernandez as Mexico's leading scorer in soccer's premier worldwide tournament.

"We want the Mexican people to enjoy this".

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"We talked about how to not fall into the comfort zone and rest on our laurels", said Osorio in the prematch news conference.

Carlos Vela smashed them into the lead from the penalty spot in the 26th minute at Rostov Arena, which had been taken over by Mexico's sea of fanatical supporters. "This week we've talked about the topic, we've looked at two or three situations and emphasized what we did right against Germany".

ESPN's Tom Marshall discusses why Mexico must refocus after their Germany win to beat South Korea.

"I think we have earned and deserved this victory and want to celebrate it with all our supporters but then it is back to work, focusing on our next match". "We have received a lot of praise but remain focused nonetheless", he added.

The only blemish for El Tri came on a stoppage time goal by Son Heung-Min to make it close, but time was called shortly after the goal to give Mexico six points and first place in Group F.

"I hope they will restore their confidence and fight for the next game especially". "All of the players became one, and they did their utmost until the very last minute". Conditioned by the dry heat that has been a feature of every game at the Rostov Arena, Mexico did not quite have the same thrust and energy as against Germany although they still controlled most of the play and looked far more unsafe.