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Mexico 2-1 South Korea: Vela and Hernandez strikes ensure comfortable win and place in knockouts

Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez scored either side of the half time as Mexico pretty much cruised to a 2-0 win against South Korea and book their place in the knockout stages of the tournament. Korea were never in the game and Mexico took full advantage of that scoring the opener inside 26th minute thanks to Carlos Vela penalty while Chicharito made it 2-0 midway through second half.


Match Highlights:

Mexico secured an historic win over defending champions Germany in group f last week and that pretty much put this group into chaos. Now if they play South Korea on Saturday, 23 June 2018 and if they can win this game they will qualify for the knockout stages which makes it a very exciting game set to take place at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don. South Korea must win this game to stand a chance of qualifying from this group.


Mexico vs South Korea Preview: South Korea were defeated in their opening game against Sweden thanks to solitary goal midway through second half which came as a result of penalty. That game could have gone either way but with one defeat already in the group, it will be a really hard for Korea to qualify as their remaining games are against Mexico and defending champions Germany and they need to win both to have a chance of getting through.

Mexico on the other hand produced one of the greatest performances by an underdog side when they defeated Germany in their opening group game. The expectations are sky high after that win and the good thing for Mexico is they only need to win one game of the remaining two to reach knockout stages.

Team News & Possible Starting Lineups: Juan Carlos Osorio (Mexico coach) revealed there was a flu bug in the squad before Germany match and that kind of effected his selection but after beating world champions, he is likely to go with the unchanged squad against South Korea on the other hand might change their 4-3-3 system and surprise inclusion Jo Hyeonwoo is expected to keep his place in starting lineup.

This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday.


South Korea has not kept a cleansheet in 12 of their last 13 world cup matches and currently on a losing stream of three consecutive games. They fail to record a single shot on goal against Sweden in their opening match and things are not looking good for this Korean side specially considering how confident Mexico will be going into the match.

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