Friday 16 November, 2018

Mexico up 1-0 against South Korea at half-time

Mexico's Edson Alvarez celebrates after his team won the group F match against Germany at the 2018 football World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader).

Mexico's Edson Alvarez celebrates after his team won the group F match against Germany at the 2018 football World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader).

Carlos Vela converted a penalty kick to put Mexico up a goal on South Korea at half-time in their World Cup match in Rostov-on-Don on Saturday.

The goal came in the 26th minute

The referee awarded the penalty after a sliding Jang Hyun-soo handled the ball while trying to stop a cross from Andres Guardado on the left side. Goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo stalled for time to freeze Vela but the forward coolly knocked it into the right side of the goal as the 'keeper went left.

Miguel Layun nearly doubled the lead moments later but his 20-yard drive went over the bar.

Mexico upset Germany to start the tournament and would be in strong position to advance with another win.