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Javier Hernandez scored his 50th worldwide goal to enable Mexico to make a major stride towards the last 16 of the World Cup with a great prevail upon South Korea, in spite of Son Heung-min’s dazzling late strike.
Having disturbed shielding champions Germany in their opening game in Group F, Mexico demonstrated again ,they will be a test for any side should they achieve the knockout stages.
They led the pack in Rostov-on-Don through Carlos Vela’s punishment – the fourteenth of the competition as of now – on 26 minutes after Jang Hyun-soo’s handball.
In spite of the fact that they overwhelmed ownership against dull adversaries, Mexico additionally showed their exciting counter-assaulting game with their second goal, when West Ham striker Hernandez added a flawless complete to Hirving Lozano’s surging run.
As South Korea’s sole risk, it was fitting that Tottenham striker Son gave his side transient expectation in included time with a superb, twisting strike from 25 yards.
Mexico will achieve the last 16 should Sweden beat or attract with Germany Saturday’s last diversion, commencing at 19:00 BST.
Just a Germany win will avoid South Korea being thumped out with a gathering game remaining.
While not exactly ensured of advance, this would be the seventh straight World Cup in which Mexico have achieved the last 16, a record that stretches back to 1994.
In any case, they have not gone further amid that time, with their solitary two quarter-last appearances coming in the World Cups they facilitated in 1970 and 1986.
This speedy side, talented on the counter yet in addition agreeable under lock and key – but under negligible weight here – have the opportunity to end that streak.
The second goal embodied the danger of Vela, Hernandez and Lozano in the assault. At the point when the last crashed into space, Vela attracted away to the perfectly fine ball went left to Hernandez, who inquired and cut low past South Korea guardian Cho Hyun-charm.
The protection remains a stress and the defect that could end their keep running in the competition. Focus backs Hector Moreno and Carlos Salcedo made a progression of huge squares, however ,substitute Rafael Marquez’s woeful endeavored backpass about talented Son a goal on 76 minutes.
Mexico could confront Serbia, Switzerland or Brazil in the last 16, with the possibility of a tie against Belgium or England in the quarterfinals.
Better groups might be shrewd to Mexico’s counter-assaulting style, yet no side will savor confronting them on the current frame.
Following South Korea’s troubling opening 1-0 crush by Sweden, Son said it was his blame if his side did not score since he needs to “take the responsibility”.
He unquestionably did against Mexico, endeavoring six of his side’s eight shots in the main half – more than South Korea did all in all against Sweden.
Maybe that duty turned into a weight on occasion. He was hesitant while locking onto Marquez’s backpass, neglecting to round Mexico manager Guillermo Ochoa and after that endeavoring a backheel that enabled the veteran protector to recuperate.
Be that as it may, his goal was a splendid indication of his ability. The 25-year-old moved the ball onto his left foot and utilized a colleague as a screen against a Mexico protector before twisting a great strike inside the far post.
However, he couldn’t start a late South Korea restoration.
Having indicated excessively yielding to Sweden, the 2002 semi-finalists were less inactive here yet stayed disconnected and over-dependent on Son.
Man of the match – Javier Hernandez (Mexico)
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