Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Shin Tae-yong: 'South Korea could struggle against Mexico due to weather'

Shin Tae-yong: 'South Korea could struggle against Mexico due to weather'

After they shocked world champions Germany in their opening Group F game, Mexico secured a 2-1 win as Carlos Vela tucked home a first-half penalty before Javier Hernandez wrapped up the points with his 50th global goal.

In Mexico's first game, a 1-0 win against Germany, Osorio orchestrated a counterpunching masterpiece of a game plan, helping the Mexicans sidestep and stun their vaunted opponents.

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.

MEXICO: Guillermo Ochoa, Edson Alvarez, Carlos Salcedo, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado (Rafael Marquez 68'), Miguel Layun, Carlos Vela (Giovani dos Santos 77'), Hirving Lozano (Jesus Corona 71'), Javier Hernandez.

South Korea have now gone eight World Cup matches without a win - going back to the group stages of 2010 - and face the daunting prospect of Germany in their final group game.

Mexico crushed the World Cup 2014 victor Germany, while South Korea lost to Sweden in their first matches in Group F, APA reports.

Mexico's second goal could have knocked the stuffing out of South Korea as Hernandez cut inside his marker and scuffed a finish past a helpless Cho, but still the 2002 semi finalists continued to fight and attempt to mount a comeback.

Carlos Vela put them ahead from the penalty spot in the 26th minute at Rostov Arena, which had been taken over by Mexico's sea of fanatical supporters.

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Mexico is your Group F co-leader following a 1-0 triumph as a big underdog against Germany last week.

With one game to go in group play, Mexico, with six points, is in a strong position to advance to the round of 16.

It was Lozano returning the favor to his teammate after Hernandez assisted on Lozano's goal against Germany in a similar play.

- Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has fielded 49 different line-ups in his 49 matches as coach. Joshua Kimmich and Marvin Plattenhardt were both used as attacking outlets by the world champions, but this left Die Mannschaft exposed. In total, the game reached over 9.7 million viewers.

Mexico so far is one of the teams that has a ideal run in the campaign and has conceded just one goa. Only Russia's Roman Zobnin (eight) has more.

Before their opening goal, however, it was South Korea that created the better chances.

And it is clear why they had to resort to that with El Tri completing 13 of their 21 take-ons against South Korea, adding to the 16 they completed against Germany.

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