Javier Hernandez Hits Half-Century As Mexico Battle Past South Korea

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Mexico took the lead in the 26th minute from the penalty spot, after Jang Hyun-soo was penalised for handball when he went to ground to intercept a cross. Six points out of six put Mexico in a commanding position for qualification to the knockout rounds, Korea on the other hand have their hopes hanging by a thread.Get highlights of the match between South Korea and Mexico here.

Mexico carried their momentum from an earthquake-inducing performance on Day One, to their fixture against two-time Asian Cup champs South Korea.

- Javier Hernandez is only the third player to score at three different World Cups for Mexico (2010, 2014 and 2018) after Cuauhtemoc Blanco (1998, 2002 and 2010) and Rafael Marquez (2006, 2010 and 2014).

Mexico's all-time leading scorer was well marshalled by South Korea's defence for much of Saturday's clash in Rostov-on-Don, but took his chance when it came in the 66th minute, slotting home in composed fashion at the culmination of a wonderful counter-attack.

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

The game became more open in the second half as South Korea perhaps pushed too hard too soon, and it was little surprise when Mexico doubled their lead. Defender Edson Alvarez replaced Hugo Ayala at the back.




Edson Alvarez was brought in as centre back for Mexico's World Cup Group F game against South Korea on Saturday in the only change made by coach Jose Luis Osorio after the Latin Americans defeated defending champions Germany.

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

Only a Germany win will prevent South Korea being knocked out with a group game remaining.

The 20-year-old Alvarez, one of Mexico's hottest prospects, replaces Hugo Ayala. Carlos Vela made no mistake from the spot, sending Cho Hyun-woo the wrong way.

Hernandez's strike means Mexico will progress to the last 16 if Germany fail to beat Sweden, with Son Heung-min's added-time stunner not enough to stop South Korea staring at a potential group-stage exit.

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