This is the 28th match in the FIFA World Cup holding in Moscow, Russia.
Date & Time of Match:
South Korea and Mexico in the Group F at 4 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ET
____SCORE: South Korea 1-2 Mexico____
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90′ + 3′ Goal Heung-Min Son
90′ + 3′ Assist Jae-Sung Lee
90′ There’s going to be five added minutes in Rostov-on-Don; can Mexico find a third to add a little more gloss to the result?
88′ Son cuts a path down the middle of the Mexican half and goes for goal from 22 yards, pushing his effort well over the crossbar. It’s been a frustrating World Cup for him – and he looks set to be on an early flight home too, save a miracle.
86′ Hwang wins a free-kick in the attacking half off Moreno, yet Mexico are able to prevent any real chance as Gallardo intercepts the set-piece and blasts it downfield.
84′ Kim Min-woo is the final man to be subbed for South Korea with Hong Chul on in his place.
82′ Alvarez goes down on the edge of his own box with what looks like cramp and after a moment, play resumes with Son trying a shot from distance that rebounds off the legs of Salcedo.
80′ Jung becomes the fourth man into the book for South Korea now after he comes in heavily on Hernandez.
77′ …and Giovani dos Santos comes on for Vela for Mexico.
77′ Play resumes now with some more changes; Moon is replaced by Jung Woo-Young for South Korea…
75′ Tempers flare over a little as South Korea blow a golden chance. Ochoa plays short to Marquez who plays back – lazily – to his keeper, allowing Son to dart in an intercept. The defender recovers in time to stop the shot and deny two more attempts; the ball eventually rolls back to Ochoa but not before Ki slides in on him, apparently injuring the keeper, and sparking a bout of shoving between players in the box.
74′ Moon turns in a cross from the right looking Ki but only finds Marquez; South Korea get a second bite a moment later as Lee lays on a pass for Ki that takes a deflection into the arms of Ochoa.
72′ Lee Seung-Woo is the third man to go into the book for South Korea as he brings down Layun with a bad foul out on the right wing.
71′ Mexico make a second swap, with Lozano – the hero against Germany and the architect of their second goal today – replaced by Jesus Manuel Corona.
70′ Hwang puts a bobbling shot in from the left edge of the Mexican box that Ochoa does well to hold onto. Son feels he was taken out late serving up the assist; the referee waves him away and the Mexican keeper puts it deep.
66′ Lozano made a blinding fast break down the middle to cut into the South Korea box before slipping the ball to Hernandez on his left. There are claims that Ki may have been fouled in the build-up, but they fall on deaf ears and Mexico lead by two goals to nil.
66′ HERNANDEZ SCORES! 2-0 TO MEXICO! It’s the 50th goal for Javier Hernandez in national colours as he steps inside two defenders with a ball clipped to him by Lozano eight yards out on the left, and he drills it in at the right corner past Cho before wheeling off in celebration. Mexico go wild; South Korea look forlorn. That could be the game.
64′ Indeed, Lee Seung-Woo is introduced off the bench in place of Ju to give the midfield some added pace.
63′ Lee Yong becomes the second man to see yellow in this match as he comes in heavy on Lozano in midfield. South Korea look like they are about to make a change.
62′ This is thrilling, end-to-end stuff. Lee Jae-sung sees a powerful effort blocked by Salcedo at one end; down the other, Vela curls a dipping ball just over the crossbar from 18 yards out. There’s definitely the sense that a goal is coming in Rostov-on-Don.
60′ Mexico aren’t able to press from the set-piece but a moment later, Moreno intercepts and cuts his way through the Korean defence to the opposition box. He plays a throughball in for Lozano; Kim Young-gwon gets in the way of the attacking midfielder’s shot.
59′ Guardado! The Mexican captain sees a fabulous effort curled towards the top-left corner just pushed wide by a leaping Cho. South Korea concede the corner.
58′ Kim Young-gwon is the first player to be booked in this match after he brings Vela down 25 yards out from the South Korean goal. Free-kick to Mexico…
56′ Ki! A rocket of an effort from the South Korean, driven in from outside the box, is bobbled by Ochoa before he claims at the second attempt. Mexico rode their luck there after Son oppened them up to present the oppertunity.
55′ Mexico win themselves a free-kick 30 yards out on the left with Layun tips into the box, putting it straight to Cho who has no difficulty in claiming it.
53′ Lee Jae-sung curls a left-footed effort in that runs close, but Ochoa gets low enough to save it at the bottom-right corner. South Korea know that an equaliser is a lifeline in avoiding an early flight home, and they are slowly growing in confidence.
52′ Salcedo deflects a Moon effort inside the Mexican box on the back of a counter-attack, and the South Korean players appeal loudly for handball. The referee is unmoved however and they instead have a corner.
51′ Hernandez tries his luck from distance now and like Lozano before him, he can only steer his shot some distance above the crossbar after foxing the Korean centre-back pair.
50′ Lozano! The Mexican man makes a great first touch and takes a lovely step in off his outside foot to get around Kim Young-gwon and Jang on the edge of the Korean box, only to send his effort sailing well over the goal.
48′ South Korea at least had an improved first half than they did against Sweden; in the opening 45 alone, they registered more shots (eight) than they did across their entire opening match (five).
46′ We’re back underway at Rostov-on-Don, with no changes from either side at the break. Can Mexico build on their lead to secure knockout football at the World Cup? Or will South Korea spring a surprise reversal to keep their own hopes alive?
Son is the dangerman for South Korea today, with all but one of his country’s efforts on goal coming from his boots – so Shin Tae-yong may opt to introduce some additional muscle up front as he looks to save his side’s World Cup campaign. As for Mexico, they have controlled the ball twice as much as their opponents, with 68 percent possesion; for Osorio, he will very much be hoping for more of the same after the break.
Carlos Vela’s perfect penalty is the difference between Mexico and South Korea at the break in Rostov-on-Don, in a half of football that has seen Son Heung-min does his best to keep his nation in the game with seven shots on goal. The Tottenham man is the star player for Shin Tae-yong’s team as they try to match a free-flowing Mexican side blow for blow – and Juan Carlos Osorio will be wanting his side to find a second as soon as possible to assure them of victory and a place in the round of 16. At half-time, it’s South Korea 0-1 Mexico.
45′ + 2′ HALF-TIME: SOUTH KOREA 0-1 MEXICO
45′ + 1′ Alvarez meets the corner as the first man and puts it deep into midfield, forcing South Korea to back-pedal at speed to stave off a late counter-attack.
45′ Moreno and Salcedo both put great blocks on attempted efforts from Son near the edge of the Mexican box, and South Korea win themselves a corner from the latter. Just the one additional minute to come.
43′ Lozano! The winning goalscorer against Germany can’t repeat his feat here as he cuts in off the left wing into the Korean box and skies an effort from 15 yards well over the crossbar.
42′ Lee Jae-sung brings down Vela just inside his own half and Mexico take the free-quick quickly to put South Korea’s back four under mounting pressure.
40′ Mexico deal with the weak set-piece effort comfortably and push it back into midfield to clear their lines through Vela.
39′ Son hares downfield on a breathtaking run that sets South Korean pulses pounding and Mexican alarm bells ringing. He cuts a little too deep on the left side of the box to deliver a good shot, but Ochoa herds it out regardless for a corner, unwilling to take the risk.
37′ Layun takes possession of a lovely crossfield ball deep on the right wing for Mexico before turning it in towards the box for Lozano. Kim Young-gwon manages to get a nick on it with his foot and divert it away, allowing Ju to sweep in and take it further into the relative safety of midfield.
35′ South Korea have failed to score in each of their last two World Cup games – they have never gone three consecutive matches without scoring a goal in the competition.
33′ Play is paused now after Lee Yong goes down on the right wing for South Korea from a fairly innocuous challenge and stays prone on the turf. Medics attend to him in short order.
31′ Son takes for South Korea and blasts it well over the crossbar, leaving Ochoa untroubled. Mexico get the goal-kick.
30′ South korea clear the set-piece through Jang and coast downfield on a counter-attack. Hwang goes down 30 yards out in centre-field as he is clipped by Herrera, though the referee tries to play the advantage before awarding the free-kick.
28′ Layun! My word, that could have been a Mexican second. A square ball by Vela, rolled across the edge of a congested Korea box from the restart, lays up a golden chance for the Sevilla man. His powerful shot is just tipped over by Cho with fantastic reflexes; corner to Mexico.
26′ VELA SCORES! 1-0 TO MEXICO! It’s been an emotional few days for Carlos Vela, after his grandfather passed away following the Germany win – but he shows no lack of composure to slot home the penalty as he sends Cho the wrong way and pushes it into the right. South Korea have a lot of work to do now to get themselves back in with a shout of reaching the round of 16.
26′ Penalty Goal Carlos Alberto Vela Garrido
24′ Penalty to Mexico! Jang Hyun-soo hand balls a cross in from Lozano on the back of a near-miss at the left post by Hernandez and the referee points straight to the spot. A golden chance for Vela to take the lead for his country as he steps up…
23′ Ki! The captain heads from distance off the corner and Ochoa tips it over the bar. A second corner now, but this one is cleared with ease by Moreno and Mexico break away downfield at pace.
22′ Three chances for Son! A misplaced pass from Guardado gives South Korea a counter-attack spearheaded by the Tottenham man, who sees two close-range efforts on the right blocked by Salcedo and Moreno before a third shot from the edge of the box skews wide for a corner off the former.
20′ South Korea can’t force a chance though; from the set-piece, Ki brings down Hernandez challenging for the ball and concedes a free-kick. It’s been a little bit on the scruffy side so far in Rostov-on-Don.
19′ Salcedo now barges Son just inside his own half and the South Korea talisman wins himself a free-kick.
17′ Lozano turns a big corner in from the left for Mexico, pushing it towards the far post; Salcedo gets a header on it but only sends it skyward, allowing goalkeeper Cho to pick it out easily as it comes back down to earth.
15′ Mexico have not won back to back matches at the World Cup since Japan and South Korea 2002, when they beat Croatia and Ecuador in their first two group matches. They’ve created most of the danger so far; with 70 percent possession, they’re just lacking a finishing touch right now.
13′ Lee Yong for South Korea! Against the run of play, he almost gives his side the lead as, on the back of a counter sparked by Son, he picks out a cut-back cross on the right edge of the Mexican six-yard box, only for Lozano to throw himself across the ball and pull a foul in the process. Last-gasp defending pays off for El Tri there.
11′ Again, Mexico deliver a soft set-piece and South Korea clear to midway – where, again, they concede a free-kick for a needless, nippy challenge, this time on Vela. Another 40-yard effort incoming.
10′ Smart defending from Moon denies Mexico a clear-cut shot on goal as he steals the ball from Hernandez in the box following the free-kick; he pushes it out for a corner though, to put South Korea under more pressure.
9′ Guardado wins a free-kick 40 yards out in centre-field as he is bundled to the ground with a late challenge by Ju. Mexico shuffle their players forward to fill the Korean box.
8′ It’s a soft set-piece from Mexico in the end and South Korea are able to whip it away through Lee Jae-sung, spearing the ball downfield and into the opposition half.
7′ Son commits an accidental hand-ball in midfield, from which Mexico take their free-kick quickly; down near the Korean box, they win a corner off Kim Min-woo as he blocks Herrera’s attempted cross in on the right.
5′ Lozano looks to slip into the Korean box on the left edge around Jang, but the defender plays canny and wins a free-kick of his own after going down.
4′ Mexico win themselves a free-kick 30 yards out on the left wing which Layun curls short into the box; Jang wraps a defensive header around it to push it away from danger, back into midfield.
2′ Layun encroaches deep on South Korean territory on the right edge of the opposition box, only for the ball to be whipped out from under his feet by Kim Young-gwon before he can tee up a shot.
1′ We’re off in Rostov-on-Don! South Korea win themselves an early throw-in and look to cut down the right flank but an interception from Guardado foils their move and Mexico counter from halfway.
The anthems have concluded and we’re about to get underway. Today’s referee is Milorad Mazic of Serbia.
The teams are out at Rostov Arena for the national anthems.
Mexico’s progression streak is one of the more stellar among sides outside of the top-tier nations; since USA 1994, they have appeared at every World Cup and made the knockout stages in every instance, albeit only as far as the round of 16. As such, their group stage record is rather impressive; they have lost only two of their previous 18 games in this round.
Against Sweden in their first match in Russia, South Korea were substantially poor, walked over by their opposition and managing to muster more yellow cards (2) than attempted on-target shots (0). They have failed to keep a clean sheet in 12 of their last 13 World Cup matches too; Tae faces a herculean task today to halt the buoyant Mexican machine in its tracks.
Twenty years on from their only previous World Cup meeting, Mexico will be hoping for history to repeat itself against South Korea today; the pair clashed in Lyon for their first game of France 1998 with the former running out 3-1 victors. Osorio takes charge of his 50th game at the helm of the national side in Rostov-on-Don; victory and progression from Group F would surely be the finest of ways for him to celebrate his milestone.
Subs: Marco Fabian, Alfredo Talavera, Jonathan dos Santos, Javier Aquino, Jesus Corona, Rafael Marquez, Erick Gutiérrez, Raul Jimenez, Jesus Manuel Corona, Giovani dos Santos, Oribe Peralta, Hugo Ayala
MEXICO (4-5-1): Guillermo Ochoa; Carlos Salcedo, Jesus Gallardo, Edson Álvarez, Hector Moreno; Andres Guardado (c), Miguel Layun, Hirving Lozano, Carlos Vela, Hector Herrera; Javier Hernandez
Subs: Yun Young-sun, Koo Ja-cheol, Kim Shin-wook, Jung Woo-young, Lee Seung-woo, Hong Chul, Kim Jin-hyeon, Oh Ban-suk, Jung Seung-hyun, Ko Yo-han, Kim Seung-gyu
SOUTH KOREA (4-4-2): Cho Hyun-woo; Jang Hyun-soo, Kim Young-gwon, Lee Yong, Kim Min-woo; Ju Se-jong, Lee Jae-sung, Moon Seon-min, Ki Sung-yueng; Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan
As for Mexico, they make just the one change at the back with Edson Alvarez coming in for Hugo Ayala. Otherwise, Juan Carlos Osorio keeps faith with the side who stunned Germany, meaning that West Ham’s Javier Hernandez will be supplanted as a lone striker by a three-man attacking midfield that includes last week’s winning goalscorer Hirving Lozano.
Team news now as we await kick-off and South Korea coach Shin Tae-Yong has been forced into a change through injury, with Park Joo-ho out and Kim Min-woo in at left-back in a 4-4-2 lineup. Midfielders Ju Se-Jong and Moon Seon-Min are also added to the starting XI as they look to find their first points of the tournament.
El Tri sprung a shock 1-0 victory over reigning world champions Germany in their first game of the tournament to put themselves in a prime position to reach the round of 16 – but will they be able to come up with the goods once more against a South Korean outfit looking to keep their World Cup dreams alive after an opening defeat to Sweden?
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia as Mexico look to secure a place in the knockout stages against South Korea in a Group F clash at Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don.
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