A controversial Chicharito goal gave Mexico a win over South Korea

Annette Crawford
June 23, 2018

Mexico have followed up their victory against Germany by beating South Korea 2-1 in Rostov, a result that piles further pressure on the world champions.

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.

Javier Hernández scored the second after 66 minutes, finishing off a rapid break.

A win gave Mexico six points in Group F - and it's looking likely that Mexico can emerge as the victor of the group and avoid a Round of 16 showdown with Brazil. A win on the final matchday against Sweden would ensure Mexico finishes atop the group, and if Germany beats Sweden on Saturday as expected, a draw would also be enough for El Tri.

Meanwhile, South Korea were condemned to an early exit after losing their opening two matches despite Heung-Min Son scoring a spectacular consolation strike in stoppage time.

Mexico will now have its eyes on Sweden and Germany.

Mexico's breakthrough came when captain Andres Guardado's cross was blocked by a stray arm from Korean defender Jang Hyun-soo, and Vela kept his nerve from the spot, sending goalkeeper Cho Hyeon-woo the wrong way and blasting down the middle.

Mexico's veteran captain Rafael Marquez replaced Guardado with 20 minutes to play, but nearly gifted South Korea a lifeline when his attempted backpass was collected by Son, but the 39-year-old defender managed to track back just in time.

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