Mexico wins again at World Cup, beats South Korea

Hirving Lozano- cropped

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.

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.

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

Oddsmakers favor Mexico, most likely due to its stirring performance last Sunday in its upset win over Germany and overall World Cup pedigree - nine wins, seven draws and just two losses in its last 18 World Cup group-stage games. It almost paid off after Hirving Lozano out-sprinted his marker, but his final delivery was blocked away.

Hernandez and Carlos Vela scored a goal each at Rostov Arena.

The criticism of Mexico's national team heading into the World Cup was loud and scathing.

South Korea threatened again nine minutes later, Son breaking clear of Mexico's line before letting rip with a low drive that Hector Moreno did well to keep out.

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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.

The Taeguk Warriors of South Korea enter the Mexico contest with a seven-game World Cup winless streak.

South Korea will face Germany at the same time in Kazan.

Korea's talismanic forward Son Heung-min struck a scorching consolation goal in injury time from outside the area.

Lozano probed the South Korean defense and laid the ball off to Hernandez, who became the first Mexican worldwide to score 50 goals for his country.

- South Korea have lost their last four World Cup matches; their joint-worst losing run at the World Cup, also losing four between 1986 and 1990.

Mexico so far is one of the teams that has a ideal run in the campaign and has conceded just one goa.

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