A controversial Chicharito goal gave Mexico a win over South Korea

Tyler Owen
June 26, 2018

Mexico all-but secured safe passage to the round of 16 for a seventh straight World Cup as they eased to victory over South Korea in Rostov.

South Korea will now nearly certainly be playing for nothing more than pride in their final group game against Germany, while Mexico can look ahead with excitement and optimism.

This will be only the 2nd time these two sides will be meeting in the World Cup with Mexico registering a 3-1 victory in their first ever match in the 1986 World Cup. Lozano initially failed to turn home a low cross and Mexico were awarded a penalty as Jang Hyun-soo was penalised for handball - referee Milorad Mazic not needing to use VAR to point to the spot. The Mexicans have been eliminated in the Round of 16 in the last six appearances at the World Cup, and the wages on them to make it to the last eight in Russian Federation are +200.

When Osorio was told about those comments, he said: "We hadn't actually thought about it that way but that would be a very good thing if it plays in our favour".

As South Korea's sole threat, it was fitting that Tottenham striker Son gave his side fleeting hope in added time with a sublime, curling strike from 25 yards.

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"We did explain the strong points and weak points of the Mexican team".

South Korean forward Son Heung-min scored a scintillating consolation goal in injury time but it was too little too late for the East Asian nation, which now can not qualify for the first knockout stage of the tournament. - Javier Hernandez is only the third player to score at three different World Cups for Mexico (2010, 2014 and 2018), joining Cuauhtemoc Blanco (1998, 2002 and 2010) and Rafael Marquez (2006, 2010 and 2014).

Before Javier Hernandez made it 2-0 for Mexico in the 66th minute, South Korean captain Ki Sung-yueng was dribbling the ball in the midfield, but he was brought down by Hector Herrera.

The celebrations among the Mexican players after the game felt nearly subdued, nothing like the joyful catharsis after the team's victory over Germany. After a few unsafe attacks, Mexico found the opener from the penalty kick in the 26th minute, retaining the lead until the interval, as the odds on El Tri to win the first half were +130.

If the appearance of amorous songs of tribute for Osorio felt remarkable, so, too, did the sudden absence of another chant - the homophobic taunt that Mexico fans have traditionally cried out in unison whenever opponents take goal kicks. South Korea lost its opening match.

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