Mexico see off South Korea to continue flawless World Cup start

Mexico see off South Korea to continue flawless World Cup start

Mexico see off South Korea to continue flawless World Cup start

The Taeguk Warriors are in dire need of a win if they are to remain in contention for the last 16, having lost 1-0 to Sweden in their tournament opener in Nizhny Novgorod.

Carlos Vela and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scored for El Tri as they earned their second win of their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign.

Mexico virtually booked their place in the World Cup Last 16 for the seventh consecutive tournament with a game to spare after beating South Korea by two goals to one in Group F, simultaneously all but condemning their tireless opponents to an early exit. "Therefore, we cordially ask you not to make noise", said out of the hotel captain Mexicans Rafael Marquez. A second victory on Saturday gives it six points and a chance to win Group F on Wednesday when the team faces Sweden. Coach Juan Carlos Osorio insisted that his team would not be complacent, however, underlining South Korea's tactical nous.

"We don't have a lot of resources but, nevertheless, just before the World Cup we had a lot of injured players and after the end of this game".

Given the noise Mexico's fans created and the sea of green shirts visible in the stands of Rostov Arena, it nearly felt as though the match was being played on Mexican soil.

Mexico almost doubled the lead two minutes after Vela's goal.

In another match on 23 June at 21.00, will play Germany and Sweden.

"I think that your question invites me to say we are our own enemies, however I don't think so", Osorio said when asked who Mexico's biggest enemy was now that so many people have jumped aboard the bandwagon.

After the 1-0 win, Mexico players said that their belief that they could go toe-to-toe with Germany was key to springing the upset. "Like a drowning man will clutch at a straw, we'll do our best to prepare for the match". "We have humility but we beat Germany and South Korea and now we have to play against Sweden and stay cool and calm", goalscorer Hernandez said.

The celebrations among the Mexican players after the game felt nearly subdued, nothing like the joyful catharsis after the team's victory over Germany.

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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. Postgame fines from FIFA for use of the slur have essentially become an everyday part of the Mexican federation's match-day expenditures.

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