Javier Hernandez Hits Half-Century As Mexico Battle Past South Korea

Emmett Rice
June 24, 2018

South Korea, meanwhile, once again had Ki Sung-yeung and Son Heung-min in their starting XI, but Kim Min-woo and Ju Se-jong both came into the team following the 1-0 defeat to Sweden.

South Korea lost their opener, falling 1-0 to Sweden in Nizhny Novgorod.

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.

It was not always smooth sailing for Juan Carlos Osorio's side, though, with Lee Yong and Son Heung-min passing up presentable opportunities in the early stages.

Son then had three shots in the space of 10 seconds, but the Tottenham Hotspur attacker saw his first two efforts blocked before his third was deflected wide of the Mexico post for a corner, which saw Ki test Guillermo Ochoa with a header.

Just as South Korea were beginning to grow in confidence they fell behind.

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The forward scored from the spot in the 26th minute after defender Jang Hyun-soo handled the ball while sliding to block an Andres Guardado cross.

The Serbian referee Milorad Mazic had an easy decision to make and duly pointed to the spot.

At the 66th minute Hirving Lozano, the hero in Mexico's win against Germany, dribbled half the length of the field with the ball at his feet, before dishing off to Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez who awkwardly volleyed the ball into a well defended net after switching to his "better foot".

South Korea threatened again nine minutes later, Son breaking clear of Mexico's line before letting rip with a low drive that Hector Moreno did well to keep out. After that, South Korea looked incapable of stealing back a point.

Lozano slipped the ball through to the Mexico's all-time record scorer and Hernandez took one touch to bring the ball under control before sending it past Jo.

Son finally got the goal his performance deserved with a curling shot from the edge of the area but it was too little too late from South Korea who still hold slight hope to advance.

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