World Cup match report Korea Republic v Mexico 23 June 2018

World Cup 2018 South Korea vs Mexico Pressure On Son Heung Min To Save South Korea

The pressure is on Son Heung-min to step

Hernandez added the second in the 66th minute, cutting inside his marker before guiding the ball home to finish off a lightning counter-attack after Mexico won the ball deep in their own half.

Mexico's great World Cup continues with an easy win over South Korea.

Giovani Dos Santos; Hector Herrera; Jesus Gallardo and Jesus Corona of Mexico celebrate after winning against South Korea.

Hernandez became the first Mexican player to score 50 goals for his country, after 104 appearances, with Vela earlier opening the scoring through yet another penalty kick.

With the second goal Mexico tried to shut up shop by sending on the experienced Rafael Marquez for Guardado.

At face value, it would appear that Mexico are going to run roughshod over South Korea.

South Korea, meanwhile, once again had Ki Sung-yeung and Son Heung-min in their starting XI, but Kim Min-woo and Ju Se-jong both came into the team following the 1-0 defeat to Sweden.

Andres Guardado, earning his 150th cap, tried to cross from the left and when Jang Hyun Soo went to ground raising his arm to stop the ball for a clear penalty.

The South Koreans managed successive counterattacks by targeting striker Son Heung-min but caused few problems for Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

South Korea lost their opener, falling 1-0 to Sweden in Nizhny Novgorod.

If Germany fails to win, Mexico locks up a spot in the round of 16.

Osorio made one change to the team that started against Germany last time out, with Edson Alvarez replacing Hugo Ayala in central defence.

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 risky.

The 20-year-old Alvarez, one of Mexico's hottest prospects, replaces Hugo Ayala.

Leading Group F on six points from two games, Mexico will be assured of a place in the knockout stage if Germany draw or lose against Sweden. Carlos Vela sent Jo the wrong way for the first goal of the game.

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