Mexico dominated possession throughout the match, striking first blood in the 26th minute from the penalty area, when Carlos Vela cooly converted his spot kick.
Coach Juan Carlos Osorio insisted that his team would not be complacent, however, underlining South Korea's tactical nous. A resilient Korean side fought to the very end, chipping away a goal in stoppage time, but it wasn't enough to a overcome the two goal cushion Mexico carried into the final quarter.
- Javier Hernandez is only the third player to score at three different World Cups for Mexico (2010, 2014 and 2018) after Cuauhtemoc Blanco (1998, 2002 and 2010) and Rafael Marquez (2006, 2010 and 2014).
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Mexico were awarded a penalty when Jang Hyun-soo handled a cross from Andres Guardado after 23 minutes.
Lozano was not slowed down, however, and on 66 minutes, Mexico's hero in their win over Germany, set up Hernandez for the second goal.
The South Koreans managed successive counterattacks by targeting striker Son Heung-min but caused few problems for Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. And all of them should be afraid of Mexico.
South Korea wanted a penalty of their own after the restart when Moon Seon-min's strike clipped Carlos Salcedo's arm, but the referee correctly waved away their appeals.
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A win would guarantee Mexico a spot in the Round of 16 for the seventh straight tournament. This win followed one of the World Cup's most confounding upsets, when Mexico toppled Germany 1-0 in its opener.
"We've beaten Germany and South Korea, two hard teams, but tomorrow we'll concentrate on thinking about Sweden".
Group E concludes on Wednesday, when Mexico play Sweden in Ekaterinburg and Germany play South Korea in Kazan.
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Mexico nearly doubled their lead one minute later when Layun unleashed a powerful strike from inside the South Korea box, but Cho Hyun-woo was on hand to make an excellent save.