Mexican fans celebrate after El Tri opens the scoring against South Korea

    23 de junio de 2018

    Mexico City, Jun 23 (efe-epa).- Mexican fans in this capital erupted with joy when forward Carlos Vela converted a first-half penalty try to give El Tri a 1-0 lead Saturday over South Korea in Group F action at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    The Mexican team and its fans have especially high hopes for this year's competition after the national side defeated defending champion Germany 1-0 in its first match last Sunday.

    Vela scored in the 26th minute at Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, after Mexico was awarded a penalty for a hand ball by defender Jang Hyun-soo, who had gone to the turf while trying to intercept a cross by midfielder and captain Andres Guardado.

    Mexico then got a second goal in the 66th minute by forward Javier Hernandez, who maneuvered around a defender and slotted the ball home at close range past South Korean goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo.