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Mexico's 2-1 victory over South Korea silences critics

Mexico's 2-1 victory over South Korea silences critics

Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez scored a goal each to move Mexico closer to a spot in the round of 16 by beating South Korea 2-1 Saturday at the World Cup.

Thousands of soccer fans gathered in sports bars, churches, restaurants, pubs, football clubs and makeshift viewing stands all over Southern California on Saturday to watch Mexico take on South Korea in the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Cancún-born Carlos Vela put El Tri in front in the 26th minute of the match with a penalty kick the team was awarded due to a South Korean handball. Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung Min scored against them.

It was Hernandez's 50th goal for his country and his fourth strike at a World Cup, taking him level with Luis Hernandez as Mexico's leading scorer in soccer's global showpiece tournament.

Hirving Lozano was Mexico's hero on matchday one and the winger proved his worth at the other end in the 12th minute with a superb block to deny Yong.

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Mexico showed their quality on the break again when Miguel Layun fired in a cross that Lozano very almost got on the end of, but they did not have to wait much longer to take the lead. The Mexicans were awarded the penalty after Jang Hyun-soo handled the ball while trying to stop a cross from Andres Guardado.

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Vela nearly turned provider two minutes later with a neat ball into Layun, but the former Watford man lashed his effort over from close range.

"We have beaten two brilliant and complicated teams, Germany and South Korea", Hernandez said.

Hernandez would not be denied again, though, the West Ham striker making no mistake in drilling in his landmark goal to send the raucous Mexican crowd into raptures.

- South Korea has lost its last four World Cup matches, tied for its worst losing run at the World Cup (it also lost four straight between 1986 and 1990).

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said he prepared more for the match against South Korea than for the game against Germany.

The hapless Koreans, who have no points after two matches and have only won one of their last 11 World Cup fixtures, will be eliminated if Sweden draw or win against Germany.

Given the form the team has shown so far this year in Russian Federation, however, fans will no doubt be disappointed if Mexico doesn't at least make it through to an elusive fifth match for the first time since the World Cup was last held in Mexico in 1986.


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