Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Chicharito records history with strike against South Korea

Chicharito records history with strike against South Korea

Mexico, which upset reigning champion Germany in its June 17 opening match, was favored to win. "We want to express our regrets over this decision". We saw a quite interesting game that went in the over of the total of 2.5 goals at +100 after plenty of scoring chances on both sides of the pitch.

The Taeguk Warriors of South Korea enter the Mexico contest with a seven-game World Cup winless streak. Carlos Vela sent Jo the wrong way for the first goal of the game.

Carlos Vela stepped up to slot the ball home, sending South Korean goalkeeper Cho Hyun-Woo the wrong way from what was the 14th penalty in 28 games at Russian Federation 2018.

The second-half began more equally but it was Cho who was once again called into action just before the hour, tipping a deflected Andres Guardado effort behind for a corner. Carlos Vela calmly struck the ensuing penalty kick to the left of goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, sending the crowd into hysterics and huge quantities of beer into the air above the stands.

South Korea's slim hopes of qualification hang on Germany beating Sweden and then losing to the Koreans themselves. "Our talent and hard work have paid off".

"Our players, I think, played a game that they will not regret", Shin added. "We've received a lot of praise, we the team, and we've tried to remain focused".

Brazil breaks through late in hard-fought win
But if Argentina wins, it can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland. Brazil outshot Costa Rica 23 to 4 over the course of the match with nine on target to zero for the CONCACAF squad.

The South Koreans, who have lost their opening two matches, kept Ochoa under pressure throughout the match with Son often out-sprinting the Mexican defence. What the Mexican side does particularly well is a spectacular counter-attack, but perhaps rather than dark horses rather one trick ponies - will it be enough to see them into the late stages of the tournament?

Vela nearly turned provider two minutes later with a neat ball into Layun, but the former Watford man lashed his effort over from close range. The chant earned the country's soccer federation a fine after the previous match.

The result means that Mexico could qualify if Germany fail to beat Sweden on Saturday evening, while South Korea will need a mathematical miracle to make it to the knockout stages.

South Korea will face off with GermanyMexico in Kazan at the same time.

If you can't watch the game live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a "72-Hour Lookback" feature, which allows you to watch any World Cup game up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.

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