Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez score in Mexico win

Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez score in Mexico win

Mexico, who have six points from two games and are on the brink of a last-16 place, began their campaign with a stunning 1-0 win over Germany but Osorio said it was important for his side not to get carried away by the euphoria.

South Korea's first opportunity arrived in the 13th minute when Hwang Hee-chan delivered a cross towards Lee Yong, but Hirving Lozano was on hand to make a terrific block.

Javier Hernandez hit his 50th global goal as Mexico edged closer to progression from World Cup Group F with a 2-1 victory over South Korea.

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. It almost paid off after Hirving Lozano out-sprinted his marker, but his final delivery was blocked away.

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

South Korea had been pegged back from the first whistle.

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.

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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.

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, beaten by a Sweden penalty in their first match, had their chances but again lacked cutting edge up front.

The goal was Hernandez's fourth strike at a World Cup and took him level with Luis Hernandez as Mexico's leading scorer in soccer's premier worldwide tournament.

- 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). Heung-Min Son scored in the stoppage time to half the deficit but in the end it was no more than a consolation.

Just as South Korea were beginning to grow in confidence they fell behind.

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