FIFA World Cup 2018, highlights, Rostov, Mexico beat South Korea

Mexico take a huge step towards the last-16 stage of the 2018 World Cup courtesy of a 2-1 win over South Korea in Group F on Saturday afternoon.

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia-There were plenty of teams to be afraid of at the start of this World Cup. 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 qualify for the last 16 if they win and Germany fail to beat Sweden.

Meanwhile, South Korea were condemned to an early exit after losing their opening two matches despite Heung-Min Son scoring a spectacular consolation strike in stoppage time.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook looked on from the stands in the Rostov Arena as part of their three-day visit to Russian Federation, but a second consecutive 1-0 defeat leaves the 2002 semifinalists them on the brink of an early exit from the tournament.

And all of them should be afraid of Mexico. Chicharito's first goal in the competition was the insurance marker his team eventually needed to vanquish South Korea.

"We didn't listen to the criticism", said Javier Hernandez, one of the scorers against South Korea. A volley from Vela skimmed the bar minutes later.

- In the first half, Son Heung-min had six shots (including blocked attempts) - more than South Korea managed in the entirety of their first match against Sweden.

South Korea will face Germany at the same time in Kazan.

Lozano probed the South Korean defense and laid the ball off to Hernandez, who became the first Mexican global to score 50 goals for his country.

The goal was Hernandez's fourth strike at a World Cup and took him level with Luis Hernandez as Mexico's leading scorer in soccer's premier global tournament.

- South Korea have conceded a goal via a penalty in both of their World Cup games so far in 2018 - in their previous 29 World Cup games combined, they only conceded one penalty goal.

  • Kyle Peterson