written by Eugene Choi, Football Tribe Korea
South Korea faced Mexico in the second round of the group stage on 23 June.
Mexico wanted to secure their spot in the round of 16 by adding three points; Korea as well had to win to stay hopeful.
Both teams were rather well-matched. However, Korea had to pay price for Jang Hyun-soo’s reckless foul as he conceded a spot kick. Carlos Vela manged to convert it, followed by Javier Hernandez’s goal.
South Korea’s star Son Heung-min pulled one back before the final whistle, but with this defeat, it is not very likely for Korea to proceed to the next round.
Football Tribe Korea would like to review what has changed and what has not.