Mexico hold off South Korea to pile pressure on Germany

The record for penalties at the World Cup stands at 18 in 2002. "It was just noise". The Mexicans were awarded the penalty after Jang Hyun-soo handled the ball while trying to stop a cross from Andres Guardado.

Earlier, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Orosio has made only one change to his lineup for the World Cup game against South Korea, keeping faith with players who combined to beat Germany in their Group F opener.

Hernandez and Carlos Vela scored a goal each at Rostov Arena.

The Taeguk Warriors of South Korea enter the Mexico contest with a seven-game World Cup winless streak.

Carlos Vela stepped up to slot the ball home, sending South Korean goalkeeper Cho Hyun-Woo the wrong way from what was the 14th penalty in 28 games at Russian Federation 2018.

Mexico had their second of the game in the 66th minute, however, when Hernandez collected a super pass from Lozano before finishing low into the bottom corner of the net to register his 50th global goal.

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"We have beaten two brilliant and complicated teams, Germany and South Korea", Hernandez said.

Mexico's win keeps them top of Group F on six points and leaves the Germans facing the growing possibility of a last-16 clash with five-times winners Brazil. "We've received a lot of praise, we the team, and we've tried to remain focused".

As South Korea's sole threat, it was fitting that Tottenham striker Son gave his side fleeting hope in added time with a sublime, curling strike from 25 yards.

Vela nearly turned provider two minutes later with a neat ball into Layun, but the former Watford man lashed his effort over from close range. The chant earned the country's soccer federation a fine after the previous match. Germany (no points) face Sweden (three) later on Saturday.

- South Korea have lost their last four World Cup matches; their joint-worst losing run at the World Cup, also losing four between 1986 and 1990.

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