South Korea v Mexico pic special

Elena Summers
June 26, 2018

The answer has been emphatic.

Meanwhile, while the South Koreans are not mathematically out of it - at least until the game between Germany and Sweden later on Saturday - it will take a minor miracle if they are to have any chances of keeping their World Cup dream alive.

"There are no words to express all this we are going through", Hernandez said.

Once Mexico went 1-0 up, their attacking job was over and the team came out in the second half with part two of their plan.

It was heard, for instance, in the Mexico-Germany game in Moscow, and the team again received a fine of $10,000. "We just want to forget the criticism and the dark comments. Therefore, we cordially ask you not to make noise", said out of the hotel captain Mexicans Rafael Marquez.

Mexico's veteran captain Rafael Marquez replaced Guardado with 20 minutes to play, but nearly gifted South Korea a lifeline when his attempted backpass was collected by Son, but the 39-year-old defender managed to track back just in time.

Striker Carlos Vela gave his side the lead in the 26th minute after converting a penalty awarded to Mexico following a hand ball by Jang Hyun-soo.

If the Germans had collected a draw or suffered a loss to Sweden on Saturday, South Korea would have been eliminated from knockout stage contention, but Toni Kroos' second-half stoppage goal kept their hopes alive.

Vela was made to wait by goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, who played for time by swigging his water and chatting to his team-mates, but there was no mistake.

Mexico carried their momentum from an earthquake-inducing performance on Day One, to their fixture against two-time Asian Cup champs South Korea.

Both teams will conclude group play Wednesday, with Mexico facing Sweden and South Korea taking on Germany.

"Very often, sometimes when you play countries that have less of a footballing history, human beings tend to rest on their laurels a little bit and are too relaxed". "We've received a lot of praise, we the team, and we've tried to remain focused". "All of the players became one, and they did their utmost until the very last minute". A volley from Vela skimmed the bar minutes later.

As the game kicked off Mexico fans sang "We are the home team" and with green shirts dotted all over the stadium and rousing chants of 'Ole!' bellowing around the arena every time their side passed the ball, it was hard to disagree.

Mexico are joint top of group F with Sweden, who beat South Korea 1-0 in their first game. "We have had two good matches and I think we have devoted more attention to this match today with South Korea than our match with Germany".

South Korea are winless in seven World Cup matches, losing their last three in a row.

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