By Izuchukwu Okosi
South Korea on Saturday were eliminated from the World Cup following their 2-1 defeat to Mexico in a Group F clash at the Rostov Arena.
The result means the Mexicans have reached the knockout stages after their 1-0 win over world champions Germany.
Mexico dominated possession in the early stages of the game but South Korea were denied a glorious chance in the 13th minute by the brave block of forward Hirving Lozano who back tracked to help deal with the Korean threat as Lee Yong was set to put away Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min superb cross.
Guillermo Ochoa tipped over the bar a header from Ki Moon. A second corner soon followed but it was cleared by Moreno and Mexico went to a counter attack.
Penalty to Mexico was the verdict 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 pointed straight to the spot.
Carlos Vela scored from the spot.
Son went on a mazy run down the Korean area in the 38th minute but a brilliant piece of goalkeeping from Ochoa denied the forward who only won a corner for his endeavour.
Lozano almost doubled Mexico’s lead but the PSV forward who scored against Germany in their 1-0 win hit the ball just too wide to cause any harm.
A rocket of an effort from South Korean captain Ki was driven in from outside the box in the 56th minute was claimed by Ochoa at the second attempt. Mexico rode their luck there after Son opened them up to present the opportunity.
Javier Hernandez made it 2-0 with a simple finish after a quick counter although Korea will feel hard done by with a ‘foul’ on their skipper enroute the goal in the 67th minute.
Son reduced the arrears for Korea in the 90th minute but it was too little, too late for the Asians.