Javier Hernandez scored his 50th worldwide goal to help Mexico take a big step towards the last 16 of the World Cup with an impressive win over South Korea, despite Son Heung-min's stunning late strike.
Against Mexico, South Korea will naturally be less ambitious than Germany were, but they have to resist the temptation to bomb forward if they get momentum in the game, or else El Tri will do exactly what they did against the holders of the World Cup. "Needless to say, this is a crucial game for us now". South Korea is a +460 underdog, while a draw bet is listed at +253.
This marks another milestone for Telemundo Deportes as the network has broadcast two of the nine most-watched World Cup matches in Spanish-language history, while Telemundo Deportes' digital offering has delivered more than 1 billion livestream minutes.
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.
Mexico started aggressively, pressuring their rivals all over the field, while South Korea was happy to sit back and wait for some chances through counter-attacks, but it was clear that Mexico is a better side than the Taegeuk Warriors. Both personally and on behalf of the entire team I want to thank all of you, but we want to ask you to give us rest.
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"I thought about these players quite a lot".
Mexico didn't come to the World Cup to win one game against Germany and lose the other two, and it didn't come to the World Cup to win the first two games and lose the next two, either. The shutout was Mexico's sixth in its past eight games.
Carlos Vela, who plays for Los Angeles FC in MLS, opened the scoring with a 26th-minute penalty kick.
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He also backed star man Son Heung-min to improve on his showing from the opener, saying: "We played defensively in our first match, and so he didn't play to his fullest ability".
Conditioned by the dry heat that has been a feature of every game at the Rostov Arena, Mexico did not quite have the same thrust and energy as against Germany, although they still controlled most of the play and looked far more unsafe. South Korea lost its opening match.