Chicharito Scores as Mexico Beat South Korea in 2018 World Cup

Mexico were awarded a penalty in the 24th minute when Jang Hyun-soo handled a cross from Andres Guardado, however, and Carlos Vela converted from the spot to send his team 1-0 ahead in the 26th minute. But the squad have stuck together and built a competitive outfit for the World Cup.

Carlos Vela gave Mexico the lead with a penalty after Korean defender Jang Hyun-soo blocked Andres Guardado's cross with his arm inside the area, before the nation's all-time leading goalscorer Javier Hernandez doubled their lead in the second half with his 50th global goal.

"I hope you left proud of me", read Vela's message to his grandfather after what was surely a hard time away from home.

It's the 50th career worldwide goal for Hernandez, known as "Chicharito". It was the 14th spot-kick of the tournament. The arrogance - not in any way a bad thing when it comes to Vela - is back in his play, with his close control inviting the opposition in before moving the ball away from them.

Even then Germany fell back into the pedestrian performance of the first half, lethargic in defence and inconsistent in attack - the same frailties that plagued the side against Mexico resurfacing once more.

"Our players, I think, played a game that they will not regret", Shin added. Osorio has still never repeated a starting lineup in two consecutive games since taking over as Mexico coach in the fall of 2015.

The goal proved to be crucial for Mexico, which allowed a late goal to Tottenham star Son Heung-min. "22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win", former England worldwide Gary Lineker once said. This was a big goal for a striker who hadn't netted for El Tri since last October.

El Tri may not have been completely clinical, but in terms of sheer grit and hard work in hot and humid temperatures - it was 33 degrees Celsius at kick-off (91 F) - against a South Korea side unafraid to break up play with tactical fouls.

Vela and Hirving Lozano also had chances for Mexico, before the second goal arrived with 25 minutes to go through Mexican all-time top scorer Hernandez.

Mexico entered the match having lost just two of their last 18 World Cup group-stage matches, but having failed to win back-to-back games in the finals of the competition since 2002.

This World Cup hasn't been a great advert for football in South Korea. And when you take out Swansea's Ki Sung-Yun, there isn't all that much quality.

- South Korea has conceded a goal via a penalty in both of its World Cup games so far in 2018 - in its previous 29 World Cup games combined, South Korea conceded only one penalty goal.

Not to be outdone, Cho was at his best soon after, South Korea's goalkeeper lunging to his right to tip Hernandez's goal-bound shot wide. Heung-Min Son scored in the stoppage time to half the deficit but in the end it was no more than a consolation.

Korea improved on their opening defeat by Sweden although their main tactic consisted of searching for Son with long balls behind the defensive line. The Asian team hasn't covered itself in glory in Russian Federation.

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