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24 June 2018, 09:35 | Susie Olson
Given the form the team has shown so far this year in Russian Federation, however, fans will no doubt be disappointed if Mexico doesn't at least make it through to an elusive fifth match for the first time since the World Cup was last held in Mexico in 1986.
Despite their overall boisterousness, Mexico's fans didn't use their usual controversial "eh, puto!" chant during goal kicks taken by the South Korean goalkeeper.
Mexico can secure a place in the Round of 16 with a win over South Korea, which must avoid defeat in order to have any chance of reaching the knockout stage of the tournament.
The goal was Hernandez's fourth at a World Cup, taking him to the same level as Luis Hernandez as Mexico's most prolific goal scorer at the premier global soccer tournament. "But as of tomorrow we will be working hard thinking about Sweden and regardless of the results of the matches against Germany and South Korea, we are going to go out there to get the three points".
The referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty and, with similar conviction, Vela sent Cho Hyun-woo the wrong way from 12 yards to hand Mexico the lead.
All-time top scorer Javier Hernandez sealed victory in the second half at the World Cup match against South Korea.
Vela converted from the penalty spot in the 26th minute after Jang Hyun-soo handled the ball while trying to stop a cross from Andres Guardado.
Mexico will now have its eyes on Sweden and Germany.
Miguel Layun pressed for a second goal before the break but his shot from a low cross-field drive was tipped away by Jo Hyeon-woo. South Korea lost its opening match. "They tend to relax, they tend to lose focus, so every weekend, every match, we insist on being fully focused on not losing that important message", Osorio said.
Son Heung-min scored a consolation goal for South Korea in injury time, sending a powerful shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
Mexico will advance to the last 16 for the seventh straight World Cup should Sweden beat Germany in Saturday's final game, which starts at 1 o'clock local time.
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