Mexico on Saturday took a big step towards the last 16 of the World Cup with an impressive win over South Korea, despite Son Heung-min’s stunning late strike.
Javier Hernandez scored his 50th international goal to help his country strengthen its bid to the second round of the global event.
Having upset defending champions Germany in their opening game in Group F, Mexico proved again they will be a test for any side should they reach the knockout stages.
They took the lead in Rostov-on-Don through Carlos Vela’s penalty – the 14th of the tournament already – on 26 minutes after Jang Hyun-soo’s handball.
Although they dominated possession against lacklustre opponents, Mexico also displayed their thrilling counter-attacking game with their second goal, when West Ham striker Hernandez added a neat finish to Hirving Lozano’s surging run.
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.
Mexico will reach the last 16 should Sweden beat Germany in Saturday’s final game, kicking-off at 19:00 BST, while only a Germany win will prevent South Korea being knocked out with a group game remaining.