MEXICO 2, SOUTH KOREA 1, Final: South Korea got a late consolation goal but it proved to be too little too late.
MEXICO 2, SOUTH KOREA 0: Chicharito Hernandez has given Mexico an insurance goal in the second half, cleverly pulling a pass back and finishing near post.
MEXICO 1, SOUTH KOREA 0: Mexico leads 1-0 on a Carlos Vela penalty.
“You have to live in the moment,” said general secretary of the FMF Guillermo Cantu. The World Cup is more than just one game, and after shocking the world with a 1-0 win over Germany, it is time to put Mexico’s win behind us and focus on Rostov, Russia, where El Tri take on South Korea.
For starters, Mexico go into this game knowing a win will put them in a good position ahead of their final group stage game against Sweden. Coach Juan Carlos Osorio has promised very few changes from the first match, and as oppose to the game against the world champions, the onus will be on Mexico to take control of the game and dominate possession.
Mexico’s biggest challenge will be the mental aspect. It’s only natural to come into this game on a high, and Osorio’s job is to keep the team’s feet on the ground. South Korea remain a dangerous team, and although they lack the technical pedigree of a team like Germany, they can cause real damage through Son Heung-min and 6’6 striker Kim Shin-Wook.
Indeed, for South Korea this is a do or die game. They lost their first encounter against Sweden 1-0, and with Germany waiting for them on Matchday 3, they have no choice but to get a good result versus Mexico.
Mexico and South Korea have already played once in a World Cup, it was 1998 in Lyon, France. That game ended 3-1 in favor of El Tri, thanks to a brace from Luis Hernandez.
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM 2018 WORLD CUP
Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 8:00am Pacific, 10:00am Central, 11:00am Eastern
Venue: Rostov Arena, Rostov, Russia
TV: FOX Network (US-English), Telemundo (US-Spanish), Azteca 7 (Mexico), TDN (Mexico), Sky HD (Mexico), UnivisionTDN (Mexico), Canal de las Estrellas (Mexico), SBS Korea(South Korea), DMB TV (Korea), KBS2 Korea (Korea), MBC Korea (Korea)